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Six face meth charges in Virginia

Six people have been indicted in Tazewell County, Virginia, of manufacturing methamphetamine, with officials there admitting meth usage is surging.

While the police chief in Richlands, Virginia, said most of his department's drug arrests still result from issues pertaining to prescription drugs, he said a number of meth labs have sprung up over the past two years. He said other counties nearby have been experiencing the problem longer and that it has more recently spread to Tazewell County.

In this case, the grand jury indicted:

•· A 33-year-old woman on both conspiracy to manufacture and manufacturing methamphetamine charges, possession of at least two substances that show intent to manufacture meth, possession of the drug with the intent to distribute and operating a motor vehicle as a habitual offender.

•· A 46-year-old man on manufacturing methamphetamine charges, possession of at least two substances that show intent to manufacture meth, possession of the drug with the intent to distribute and operating a motor vehicle as a habitual offender.

•· A 19-year-old man on both conspiracy to manufacture and manufacturing methamphetamine charges, possession of at least two substances that show intent to manufacture meth and possession of meth.

•· A 27-year-old woman on both conspiracy to manufacture and manufacturing methamphetamine charges, possession of at least two substances that show intent to manufacture meth and possession of meth.

•· A 32-year-old man on both conspiracy to manufacture and manufacturing methamphetamine charges, possession of at least two substances that show intent to manufacture meth and possession of meth.

•· A 36-year-old man on both conspiracy to manufacture and manufacturing methamphetamine charges, possession of at least two substances that show intent to manufacture meth and possession of meth.

No dates were announced for future court appearances for the six defendants. It is possible that in their zeal to break up what they see as a burgeoning meth trade in their county, officials could have charged some of the defendants with crimes they did not commit. People have been caught up in a drug bust that they really had little to do with.

Source: Bluefield Daily Telegraph, "6 area residents indicted on meth related charges," Kate Coil, Sept. 19, 2012

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