Man arrested on meth charges

Joseph Carr

Law enforcement officials have arrested a Strasburg man after discovering what they say were several methamphetamine laboratories in his residence at 290 N. Massanutten St.

The defendant, Joseph Carr, 26, has been charged with manufacturing and possessing meth, conspiracy to manufacture meth and possession of ingredients used in manufacturing meth.

Strasburg Police Chief Timothy Sutherly said in a written statement that members of the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force and the Strasburg police executed a search warrant at Carr’s apartment Friday.

Sutherly said the investigation stemmed from the arrest in December of Carr’s uncle, Joseph Dean Comer, 46. Comer was arrested and charged with meth-related offenses after Strasburg police stopped his car in the 1200 block of Colley Block Road and found what they described as a mobile methamphetamine laboratory.

Sutherly said Comer is Carr’s uncle and had been living with him since the two moved into the Massanutten Avenue apartment in December.

“It appears they moved in to begin this business together,” Sutherly said of Comer and Carr.

Sutherly said police executed a search warrant in the apartment after Comer’s arrest, but did not charge Carr, despite finding evidence that meth was being manufactured on the premises. Sutherly said Carr cooperated with the investigation during the execution of the first search warrant.

Sutherly said a follow up investigation into suspected methamphetamine production at Carr’s apartment began after police received unspecified “recent information.”

Sutherly said evidence showed meth was being manufactured in the apartment after the first search warrant was executed in December.

“We did the search warrant, and the information built where production was ongoing, and so the second search warrant was conducted, and they found a substantial amount of methamphetamine,” Sutherly said.

Sutherly said the amount of suspected methamphetamine seized during the search exceeded 270 grams, or more than a half pound. Anything more than 270 grams makes Carr eligible for a harsher sentence, if he is convicted.

Sutherly said the county fire department deemed the apartment unfit for habitation as a result of the discovery of the suspected clandestine meth lab and the risk of fire and explosion associated with it.

Carr remained in the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail following a court appearance Monday. His next scheduled court date is 10 a.m. May 9 in General District Court.

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