A 55-year-old Orange County man has been arrested on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine after law enforcement officials found equipment and chemicals used to make the drug in a Rhoadesville camper trailer.
Orange sheriff’s investigators say David Gene Thorsted, of Rhoadesville, was arrested Tuesday in connection with the Monday discovery.
Officials say they found a meth lab in the camper while carrying out an eviction notice at a residence.
Thorsted was reportedly at the scene during the eviction but slipped away when police started looking over the camper, authorities said.
Investigators from the Blue Ridge Narcotics and Gang task force and the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations assisted county deputies in collecting evidence and securing the hazardous materials used in making the drug that were found in the trailer.
They also discovered an undetermined amount of the drug and several firearms in the camper.
Police dogs from Culpeper County and the state police helped deputies search for Thorsted, but he could not be found.
Deputies, state troopers and the state police SWAT team returned to the residence Tuesday after receiving a tip that someone might have returned to the property.
No one was found.
Thorsted was arrested later Tuesday in Spotsylvania County after authorities received a tip to his location.
Deputies say they are continuing to investigate and that more charges might be filed against Thorsted.