Two arrested on methamphetamine charges

Jeremy Rhoades

Two people were arrested early Tuesday morning at the Front Royal Country Club and charged with possessing substances identified as precursors to the manufacture of methamphetamine.

“They were attempting to cook,” Warren County Sheriff Daniel T. McEathron said of the two defendants, who were found in a vehicle in the golf club parking lot around 5 a.m.

The defendants, identified as Jeremy Wade Rhoades, 44, of Fort Valley, and Tina Michelle Francis, 43, of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, were taken to the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail and were held without bond.

McEathron said in a written statement that Deputy Matthew Griffith spotted the defendants’ vehicle while conducting a property check at the golf club.

McEathron said Griffith spoke to Francis, the driver of the vehicle, and noticed drug paraphernalia on the floorboard under her feet. McEathron said both defendants were removed from the vehicle and confessed there was methamphetamine inside it.

Tina Francis

Members of the Drug Task Force Clandestine Lab Team arrived to search the vehicle and handle any hazardous materials associated with methamphetamine production, McEathron said.

McEathron said he did not have a complete list of items seized during the search.

“Obviously, they were already cooking a batch, and they had a lot precursors in the vehicle subsequent to the charges,” McEathron said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Griffith at the Warren County Sheriff’s Office at 635-4128.

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