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UPDATED: Meth lab discovered in Warrenton motel

Tuesday, Jan. 28 | By Jonathan Hunley
Christopher Dwayne Moreland
Jessica Danielle Demello
UPDATE: Two Fauquier County residents were arrested Tuesday in connection with what authorities say is a methamphetamine lab.

Christopher Dwayne Moreland, 25, of the 7000 block of Blackwell Road in Warrenton, was charged with two felonies: possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, said Fauquier County Sheriff's Lt. James Hartman.

Jessica Danielle Demello, 23, of the 12200 block of Piney Lane in Remington, was charged with conspiracy to violate the Drug Control Act, Hartman said.

A Fauquier detective on his way to work made the initial contact leading to the arrests, Hartman said.

About 8:20 a.m., he said, the detective saw Moreland in an apparent domestic dispute with Demello in the parking lot of the Jefferson Motel in Warrenton.

The detective approached the couple, and Warrenton police arrived at the motel, as well.

Their investigation led to a motel room in which authorities discovered evidence of the manufacture of methamphetamine, Hartman said.

Such drug operations can be dangerous, even combustible, so the motel was evacuated, he said, and Virginia State Police and Fauquier emergency personnel came to assist the authorities already on the scene.

"They can be volatile," Hartman noted about such drug labs.

No injuries were reported as a result of the incident, but Moreland was "uncooperative and disorderly" as he was apprehended, the lieutenant said.

Moreland and Demello were being held without bond Tuesday in the Fauquier County Adult Detention Center.

Moreland already has one conviction related to meth. He is due to be sentenced April 28 after pleading guilty in Fauquier County Circuit Court on Jan. 14 to possession of the drug.

He and Demello also were at a Remington house that went up in flames Oct. 23. Authorities found evidence of meth-making there, as well.

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A Warrenton man was arrested this morning in connection with what authorities say is a methamphetamine lab.

Christopher Dwayne Moreland, 25, of the 7000 block of Blackwell Road was charged with two felonies: possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, Fauquier County Sheriff's Lt. James Hartman said this afternoon.

A Fauquier detective on his way to work made the initial contact leading to Moreland's arrest, Hartman said.

About 8:20 a.m., he said, the detective saw a man, later identified as Moreland, in an apparent domestic dispute with a woman in the parking lot of the Jefferson Motel in Warrenton.

The detective approached the couple, and Warrenton police arrived at the motel, as well.

Their investigation led to a motel room in which authorities discovered evidence of the manufacture of methamphetamine, Hartman said.

Such drug operations can be dangerous, even combustible, so the motel was evacuated, he said, and Virginia State Police and Fauquier emergency personnel came to assist the authorities already on the scene.

"They can be volatile," Hartman noted about such drug labs.

No injuries were reported as a result of the incident, but Moreland was "uncooperative and disorderly" as he was apprehended, the lieutenant said.

The woman Moreland was with had not been charged, Hartman said, but the investigation was continuing this afternoon.

Moreland was being held without bond in the Fauquier County Adult Detention Center.

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