Authorities find suspected meth lab in Edinburg

Dillon Grandstaff

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County man accused of running a methamphetamine laboratory at his Edinburg apartment remains in jail.

The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office arrested Dillon Daniel Grandstaff, 26, of 64 Polk Road, Apt. B., Edinburg, on Friday and charged him with one count each of manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of two or more of the precursors with the intent to make methamphetamine and brandishing a firearm. Grandstaff could appear in Shenandoah County General District Court today.

Sgt. Robert Poe, of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office, said Monday that investigators seized some items from the residence related to the suspected manufacturing of methamphetamine. Officers arrested Grandstaff without incident. The suspected methamphetamine laboratories posed no danger to residents of the apartment building, Poe said.

A criminal complaint filed in Grandstaff’s case states that Sgt. Brent D. Lutz of the Sheriff’s Office received information about a suspected methamphetamine laboratory at 64 Polk Road in Edinburg.

“When Lutz arrived on scene he located a suspected burnt up meth lab in front of the apartment complex outside apartment B,” the complaint states. “When Lutz walked to the backside of the residence and located two other suspected methamphetamine laboratories.

“While speaking with the neighbors of Apartment A, they advised that during the evening hours of (Thursday), neighbors Brad McCellan and Dillon Grandstaff got into a verbal altercation about a broken shovel,” the complaint continues.

Lutz states that a witness identified as John McCellan said he saw Grandstaff go into the residence and return to the doorway with a small revolver that he pointed at Brad McCellan and waived it around. Lutz found precursors for making methamphetamine that included Drano crystals in the residence and a trash bag containing lithium batteries and spent blister packs of Claritin D or pseudoephedrine outside the apartment door, the complaint states.

A magistrate held Grandstaff without bail at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail pending his next court appearance. The checklist used by the magistrate to determine bail states Grandstaff has lived in the area his entire life.