Two charged with manufacturing meth, child endangerment

A New Market woman and an Edinburg man were indicted Wednesday on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, child endangerment and other counts.

The Shenandoah County Circuit Court Grand Jury charged Bridget L. Knicely, 32, of New Market, and Kevin M. Powers, 41, of Edinburg, with manufacturing methamphetamine, conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of Alprazolam, two counts of child endangerment and two counts of a child being present during the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

According to Lt. Chris Baker of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office, the charges stem from events that occurred following sheriff’s officers’ investigation with the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force and Probation and Parole Shenandoah County Child Protective Services.

While Baker could not confirm whether or not the two were operating together, he said the two were found together upon the search and seizure of the property.

“I’m not sure what their relationship was other than the fact that they were both present when the substances were found,” Baker said.

While Knicely appeared in court following her indictment, Powers did not, Baker said. A capias has been issued for him, meaning any officer who finds him will arrest him on site to bring him to court.

Both Powers and Knicely’s court dates are pending with the Shenandoah County Circuit Court.

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