Man arrested on meth charges

Shenandoah County deputies have arrested a man sought on charges related to the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine.

The defendant, Kevin Powers, 41, of 125 S. Main St., Edinburg, was recently indicted by a Shenandoah County grand jury and was being sought after he did not appear in court on the day of the indictment.

Lt. Chris Baker of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office said Powers was arrested at his home and taken into custody without incident. He is charged with manufacturing meth; conspiracy to manufacture meth; possession of meth; two counts of child endangerment; and two counts of manufacturing meth in the presence of a child.

Bridget Knicely, a co-defendant in the case, was also indicted earlier this month on similar charges stemming from an investigation conducted by the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force, the sheriff’s office and Shenandoah County Child Protective Services.

“Child protective services had received a complaint of parents using narcotics in the residence, and our drug task force went to assist in the search,” Baker said, adding that the search resulted in the seizure of drug paraphernalia.

“The search led to the charges Mr. Powers and Ms. Knicely face,” Baker said.

Baker said the search also turned up some pills that have yet to be identified.

Powers’ court date in Shenandoah County Circuit Court is still pending.

Baker said two children at the residence, ages 8 and 10, were placed with family members elsewhere after Powers and Knicely were arrested.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com