The manufacturing of illegal drugs, like methamphetamine or marijuana, is not tolerated in Virginia. Drug manufacturing offenses occur when a person is engaged in any step or process of illegal drug production. An individual who supplies the material used in the manufacturing of illegal drugs can also be charged with a drug crime.
Recently, authorities discovered what they believed to be a meth lab in Barboursville, which is southwest of Fairfax, Virginia. The discovery led to the drug arrest of a local Virginia man.
According to the report, an investigation with the help of the Blue Ridge Narcotics and Gang Task Force and Orange County Sheriff's Office, supposedly uncovered a meth lab at a home in Barboursville. The Virginia State Police Drug Enforcement Section gathered and secured hazardous materials from the alleged meth lab.
A 40-year-old is now facing multiple drug charges. He was charged with one felony count of possession of precursors with the intent to manufacture meth. The man also faces charges of driving while revoked and two additional misdemeanor charges associated with vehicle registration. Other potential charges are still pending.
Drug manufacturing is punishable with steep fines, probation or prison time. However, the prison sentences and fines can be increased if the alleged illegal drug lab is built near a school or a playground. Potential penalties may be more severe for the accused if they are arraigned on federal drug charges.
Someone accused of drug manufacturing may experience public scrutiny, a damaged reputation and fewer employment opportunities. Charges of this nature should be defended vigorously, and anyone accused of this type of crime should be represented by a competent legal professional.
Source: Star Exponent "Barboursville man faces multiple drug charges," Dec. 19, 2013