Man rearrested within three hours of release

A Strasburg man is back in jail for possessing methamphetamine production ingredients within hours of his release from jailtime on similar charges.

Joseph Jeffrey Carr, 27, was arrested Friday evening for possession of methamphetamine precursors after a routine traffic stop in Strasburg. According to a release from Strasburg Police Chief Timothy Sutherly, an officer stopped Carr for a driving violation and saw the precursors – legal prescription medications used to manufacture meth – in plain view in Carr’s vehicle. The officer found more precursors during a vehicle search.

Carr had been released on bond just three hours earlier that day.

“It’s pretty rare for us,” Sutherly said of the short time frame between Carr’s release and arrest.

“That’s what they know, that’s their business, so as soon as they get out they start doing it again – they’ve got to make money,” Sutherly said.

Carr was charged with manufacturing and possessing meth, conspiracy to manufacture meth and possession of ingredients used in manufacturing meth after the Strasburg Police Department and Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force investigated his apartment on North Massanutten Street on Feb. 5.

At the time, 270 grams of methamphetamine were seized from the apartment and the Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue decided the safety risks associated with the meth labs made it unsuitable for habitation.

Sutherly said that Carr had no finished product on him when he was arrested on Friday.

“We know where he moved, but we have no reason to believe that any manufacturing was going on in the new residence simply because he hadn’t had time to even be there yet,” he said.

Carr is now being held without bond at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail.

Contact staff writer Rachel Mahoney at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rmahoney@nvdaily.com