Two arrested in mobile meth lab bust

Brian Heister

WOODSTOCK — The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man and a woman Wednesday and charged them with making methamphetamine while driving on Interstate 81.

Adrian Paige Brown, 36, of Quicksburg, was allegedly driving a blue Ford northbound on Interstate 81 with Brian Michael Heister, 35, of Basye, in the passenger seat. According to the criminal complaint, Sgt. Brent Lutz conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle Wednesday evening at the 292 mile marker after he observed Heister. Heister was featured as a “Wanted Wednesday” fugitive on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, and was being sought on charges of distribution of heroin, conspiracy to distribute the drug and selling drugs near a school zone.

Heister had a green bottle in his possession, the complaint states, and was using the bottle to make methamphetamine at the time of the traffic stop. The complaint states investigators arriving on the scene also located drain cleaner and a “cool pack,” which contains ammonium nitrate, on the floor of the passenger side where Heister was seated.  Clear plastic baggies, digital scales, and “suspected meth” were also inside the  car, the complaint states. Deputies had to briefly shut down both northbound lanes of Interstate 81 while investigators in protective gear processed the meth lab at the scene.

Deputies charged Heister and Brown with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of a precursor to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of a methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

“Ms. Brown advised that Brian told her before the traffic stop was conducted that he was making meth,” Lutz wrote in the criminal complaint.

Adrian Brown

Heister was indicted on Feb. 15 on two counts of drug distribution and one count of selling drugs in a school zone, and has four prior drug distribution convictions in Shenandoah County. The next hearing date for Brown and Heister has been set for Tuesday in Shenandoah County General District Court. Both are being held without bond in Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail.

Daily reporter Alex Bridges contributed to this story.

Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office investigator Dave Mason, left, looks over this vehicle that was stopped Wednesday evening on Interstate 81 north of Toms Brook while fire and rescue teams stand by. Two people were arrested on charges of possessing an active methamphetamine laboratory. Rich Cooley/Daily

Members of the Northwestern Regional Drug Task Force, wearing hazardous material suits, neutralize chemicals from a mobile meth lab after a motorist was stopped by police on Interstate 81 north of Toms Brook on Wednesday evening. Rich Cooley/Daily

Adrian Paige Brown of Quicksburg holds her head down following her arrest on Wednesday. Rich Cooley/Daily