NEW: Suspected Mobile Meth Lab Leads To Indictment
A Rockingham County grand jury has indicted a Bridgewater man accused of having a mobile methamphetamine lab on South High Street in October.
Shane Allen Crites, 22, of Bridgwater, was indicted Monday on three felony counts of drug distribution, two felony counts of manufacturing methamphetamine, two felony counts of possession of precursors to manufacture meth and felony drug possession.
On Oct. 3, Harrisonburg police officers responded to a domestic dispute at the Mercy House Thrift Store, 1005 S. High St.
Witnesses told officers that a man involved in the dispute fled on foot carrying a small red cooler across the street to the parking lot of Rockingham Cooperative. Police say the man left the cooler on the side of the road.
Inside the cooler, police say, were materials used to manufacture meth.
The Harrisonburg Fire Department's hazardous materials team and the RUSH Drug Task Force were called to the scene.
The chemicals involved to make meth are extremely volatile when mixed and can lead to explosions at the site of the "cook."
Mobile meth labs are tactics drug manufacturers often use to help evade detection by authorities. One method is known as "shake and bake" and usually only requires mixing the ingredients in a 2-liter soda bottle.
At the scene of the crime, drug task force agents were seen removing a 32-ounce plastic bottle from the cooler.
Crites is being held at the Rockingham County Jail without bond.
Contact Pete DeLea at 574-6278 or firstname.lastname@example.org