Remington man, who allegedly cooked and distributed meth, is now caught
On Nov. 1, Christopher Moreland was finally caught. Moreland was allegedly cooking meth when his house went up in flames. Authorities arrived and transported him to Fauquier Hospital to treat burns on his hands. He fled before treatment, and remained missing until last Friday.
Moreland is the main suspect in the meth lab investigation. Jessica Demello, who lived with Moreland, has claimed that Moreland has produced and sold her his product.
On Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m., Fauquier firefighters answered the call for a house fire at 12239 Piney Lane in Remington. Someone in the home called 9-1-1 to respond to the blaze, according to Lt. James Hartman. Sheriff's deputies are routinely dispatched to assist fire and rescue, so they responded as well.
While the blaze was being extinguished, evidence of a methamphetamine lab became apparent, said Hartman.
At the burning house were Moreland, and Demello, who are both "self-admitted drug users," according to a search warrant filed in Fauquier County Circuit Court.
Deputies called in the Blue Ridge Narcotics Task Force. A clandestine lab-certified agent found lithium ion batteries, lighter fluid containers with modifications made, drug paraphernalia, pseudoephedrine, "crystal meth" cooking instruments, receipts related to the purchase of meth manufacturing, and the finished methamphetamine. There was also cellphones, U.S. currency, and other illegal narcotics.
The items were consistent with methamphetamine manufacturing, according to the search warrant.
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