Traffic stop leads to meth charges
Two Bristol men were arrested in Pound last week for possessing the materials to make methamphetamine.
On Jan. 20, Wise County sheriff’s deputy Lt. Keith Crabtree stopped a vehicle on route 23 in Pound for expired license plates, according to a press release.
Deputy Sgt. Chad Holmes and a drug dog searched the vehicle and found a marijuana smoking device and equipment and ingredients to make meth. Special agents from the Southwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force took possession of the meth-making materials.
The driver, Steven Howard Mitchem, 26, and passenger Zachery Tyler Dodd, 20, both of 714 Highland Ave., Apt. 4, Bristol, were arrested. According to the sheriff’s department, they were on their way to see local relatives.
Mitchem was charged with possessing drug paraphernalia, possessing precursors with intent to manufacture methamphetamine and conspiracy to manufacture meth. Dodd was charged with possession of a concealed weapon, possessing precursors with intent to manufacture methamphetamine and conspiracy to manufacture meth.
Both men were held at the Duffield regional jail without bond.