DOBSON — A raid on a meth lab in an Ararat home has resulted in charges against five people, with violations pending against other individuals including the mother of a 2-year-old living there.
Surry County Sheriff Graham Atkinson said Saturday that the search at the residence at 109 Charles Beck Lane Friday resulted in the seizure of a “significant amount” of methamphetamine.
“This was an operation that was selling the product in bulk,” Atkinson said. “Usually we find the meth in packages for individual sale, but at this residence we found the meth packaged in plastic containers. The amount is unknown at this time because we (the sheriff’s office) were assisted by the SBI Clandestine Lab Team, which took custody of the product for analysis and weighing. It was a significant amount.”
Occupants of the home facing the most extensive violations are Donald Ray Beck, 43, and his wife, Angela Michelle Beck, 41, who are each charged with manufacture of methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell/deliver methamphetamine, maintaining a drug house and possession of precursor chemicals for the production of methamphetamine. The Becks and others found at the residence also are accused of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
“A lot of processed meth, precursor chemicals and a one-pot style lab were found,” Atkinson said. “There were also long and short guns in the residence, as well as drug paraphernalia such as pipes, needles, etc.”
The Becks were being held in the Surry County Jail Saturday, each under a $150,000 secured bond.
Also arrested were Andrew Clay Edmonds, 19, of the Charles Beck Lane address; Steven Edward Gwyn, 36, of 136 Melissa Drive, Mount Airy; and Jennifer Lora Golding, 27, of Badgett Avenue, Mount Airy. They are facing charges of possession of methamphetamine in addition to conspiracy and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Gwyn and Golding were in custody Saturday under a $15,000 secured bond each, while Edmonds is free on a $15,000 unsecured bond, according to a jail spokesman.
Six people are actually said to have been involved. But a 17-year-old who was there was not arrested since she was allowed to accompany her toddler to Northern Hospital of Surry County for decontamination and evaluation due to being in the presence of methamphetamine.
“We anticipate charging the mother as well as several other people in connection with the meth lab in the coming days,” the sheriff said.
In addition to the drug-related violations pending against the young mother, the case against her could be expanded based on the results of a Department of Social Services investigation of child endangerment. That stems from her and the child living in the home being used as a meth lab.
The county’s Haz Mat Team was called in to assist with decontamination of the toddler.
Authorities’ execution of a search warrant at the Charles Beck Lane home Friday was part of a multi-pronged investigation of methamphetamine production in the county which previously resulted in other arrests.
“We keep connecting people and investigating,” Atkinson said.