Meth lab discovered in Mount Jackson, one arrested

Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office personnel executed a search warrant of a suspected methamphetamine lab Saturday and Sheriff’s Office investigators assigned to the Northwest Regional Drug Task Force subsequently discovered an active laboratory at 6367 Railroad St. in Mount Jackson.

Lt. Chris Baker, of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Department, explained what investigators discovered at the residence.

“Our investigators were able to destroy that lab. They also discovered some more methamphetamine and some methamphetamine precursors,” he said.

Methamphetamine precursors include several of the myriad chemicals and various other agents required to make the drug. Baker said one such ingredient, pseudoephedrine, the active ingredient in many cold and flu medicines, was present at the residence. Baker said the lab operation was a “one-pot” setup, a simple, popular method of manufacturing methamphetamine.

After executing the search warrant, authorities arrested Adam Lamma, 18, who lived at the location with his mother. He was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine precursors, and possession of methamphetamine. Baker said the amount of methamphetamine seized was in smaller, likely personal use amounts and it is unknown if there were plans to distribute the stimulant.

Lamma was also wanted on a grand larceny warrant, which was served on him. He is being held without bond at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail in Front Royal. Assisting the Sheriff’s Office was the Mount Jackson Police Department and Shenandoah County Fire Marshal personnel.

Contact staff writer Nathan Budryk at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or nbudryk@nvdaily.com