Police bust meth operation near Mount Jackson

Holly Hullihen

The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office arrested four Mount Jackson residents on several charges related to manufacturing and possessing methamphetamine this week.

Maj. Scott Proctor of the Sheriff’s Office said officers arrested four people at a mobile home located at 742 Massanutten Park near Mount Jackson.

The residents of the home, Dwayne Allen Dudley, 59, and Kelly Blake Dudley, 51, are both facing separate charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of a firearm related to drug activity.

The other two suspects, Timberville native Hollye Beth Hullihen, 31, and Woodstock native Ian Nathaniel Pace, 23, did not live in the trailer park, according to Proctor.

Proctor said Hullihen and Pace are facing charges of possession of methamphetamine.

This is a photo taken at the scene of a drug bust near Mount Jackson. Four people have been arrested on charges related to possession and manufacturing of methamphetamine. Photo courtesy of the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office

He added that Hullihen and Pace were also in violation of probation at the time of their arrest on Wednesday.

According to Harrisonburg-Rockingham General District Court records, Hullihen was arrested on Aug. 13 for violating probation from a larceny charges stemming from February.

According to Shenandoah County General District Court records, Pace was charged in April 2012 with firearm larceny, conspiracy to commit firearm larceny and conspiracy to enter a house and commit assault and battery.

Proctor said the arrests were made while the county was executing a search warrant that was issued based on information gathered by county deputies working with the Northwest Regional Drug Task Force.

“The search warrant was issued (Wednesday),” Proctor said. “The information was developed pretty quickly and was acted on rapidly.”

Dwayne Dudley

He said the deputies were informed that “there was illegal manufacturing of methamphetamine (that) was taking place there or there was some kind activity related to that.”

Once officers arrived at the mobile home, Proctor said, “That scene was processed for several hours by our crime scene investigators.”

Investigators recovered multiple weapons that included a firearm containing a silencer, several sludge pots used in cooking meth and substances believed to be methamphetamine and marijuana, as well as an undisclosed amount of cash.

In addition, Proctor said that investigators found “numerous narcotics-type paraphernalia” that will be sent to the state lab in Northern Virginia for analysis.

Proctor noted that several of the items – possibly the sludge pots – were located outside of the mobile home.

Ian Pace

The four suspects are being held at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail without bond. A hearing has been scheduled for all four suspects at 10 a.m. Sept. 19 at Shenandoah County General District Court.

Contact staff writer Kevin Green at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or kgreen@nvdaily.com

Kelly Dudley