Two people were arrested this morning when one of them checked into the emergency room at LewisGale Medical Center in Salem suffering from chemical exposure and told hospital staff that a van in the parking lot contained materials to manufacture methamphetamine.
Zach Crizer of The Roanoke Times has more on this story.
Here’s the full release from Salem police:
On December 5, at approximately 9:52 a.m., Salem Police were called to the LewisGale Medical Center Emergency Room to investigate a reported clandestine methamphetamine lab in a vehicle that was parked in one of the complex’s lots.
Further investigation by officers on the scene revealed that a subject had checked into the emergency room seeking treatment for a chemical exposure. The subject advised hospital staff of the vehicle and its contents.
Upon locating the vehicle in the parking lot, officers came in contact with a male subject who had transported the other person to the emergency room and was still inside the vehicle. Officers confirmed that components for making methamphetamine were indeed located inside the van.
The hazardous ingredients for making methamphetamine that were found inside the vehicle were disposed of with the assistance of the Virginia State Police.
Marlon D. Adkins Jr., 30, and Elena K. Remine, 24, both of whom are transient, have been charged with one count each of possessing methamphetamine, one count each of possessing precursors with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine and one count each of possession with intent to manufacture methamphetamine.
The investigation into this matter is continuing. Both Adkins and Remine are being held at the Roanoke County/Salem Jail.