Arrest made in mobile meth lab crash on Route 17

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(Courtesy YPSO)
(Courtesy YPSO)

Update 12:45 p.m. Friday: The driver of the vehicle has also been arrested. According to a news release from the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s office, Robert C. Copley Jr., a 37-year-old man who resides in the 9000 Block of Richmond Road has been arrested and charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine, and Possession of Marijuana.

Jennifer D. Kendrick, a 27-year-old woman from the 9400 Block of Selby Place in Norfolk, has been charged with Possession of Methamphetamine following a Thursday morning crash in York County, according to a press release from the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s office.

Following the crash, it was discovered that the minivan Kendrick was driving was operating as a mobile meth lab. She is currently being held without bond at the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail. Additional charges and arrests are pending.

“We know she was not acting alone,” Captain Troy Lyons told WYDaily. Lyons said there was a male in the vehicle as well and he is in custody.

Jennifer D. Kendrick (Courtesy VPRJ)
Jennifer D. Kendrick (Courtesy VPRJ)
 Robert C. Copley Jr (Courtesy VPRJ)
Robert C. Copley Jr (Courtesy VPRJ)

According to the release, YPSO deputies responded to a two-car vehicle accident in the 8000 block of Route 17, between Battle Road and Fort Eustis Blvd., around 7 a.m. Thursday.

Once on the scene, deputies detected odors coming from one of the involved vehicles that were consistent with the production and manufacturing of methamphetamines, the release stated.

“Tri-River Narcotics Task Force, clandestine lab personnel, located an active meth lab within the vehicle,” said Lyons. “They secured evidence and made the lab safe. They recovered items and chemicals consistent with the production of methamphetamine. They also recovered a container that was in the process of producing meth.”

Deputies secured the scene and requested assistance from the York County Fire and Life Safety Hazmat team and the Tri-Rivers Narcotics Task Force, the release stated.

The clean up took approximately three hours, Lyons said.

According to Lyons, one deputy suffered from exposure to chemical fumes. He was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

This is an ongoing investigation and this post may be updated as more information becomes available.