Front Royal man accused of making meth
WOODSTOCK – A Front Royal man was arrested and charged Monday after law enforcement officials found evidence they say links him to a methamphetamine laboratory.
The defendant, Timothy Aaron Porter, 40, of 266 May Apple Way, Linden, was arrested at 18690 Old Valley Pike, the site of a storage locker where Shenandoah County sheriff’s deputies said they found items associated with the making of methamphetamine.
Porter was charged with making methamphetamine, possessing methamphetamine, and possessing items linked to the manufacturing of methamphetamine.
Capt. Wesley Dellinger of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office said Porter was also charged with possessing stolen goods after deputies found at the site a moped that had been reported stolen in Rockingham County.
Dellinger said the deputies found Porter at the storage locker after Woodstock police asked them to find him.
Dellinger said Porter is being held without bond at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail. His next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 13 in Shenandoah County General District Court.
Law enforcement officials have been noticing a surge in small meth making operations in Shenandoah County during the past few months. Sgt. Jay Perry, a special agent with the Virginia State Police and coordinator of the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force, said the task force has uncovered eight methamphetamine laboratories in Shenandoah County so far this year. Perry said the task force has “taken care of” a total of 20 meth labs within its jurisdiction, which includes Frederick, Warren, Page, Clarke and Shenandoah counties and Winchester.
Perry said he had no simple explanation for the surge in meth labs, most of which involve one to four vessels in which the drug is produced. Those connected to the methamphetamine business often know each other, Perry said.
“It seems these people run in the same circles and once one person has learned how to make it, they teach other people, and we end up working with the same folks,” Perry said.
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