Meth Lab Busts May Be Connected

There is information regarding the police raid on a Botetourt County home where a suspected drug making operation was underway.


Within the past six weeks there have been four methamphetamine lab busts in western Virginia.

Two raids can now be connected, even though they happened in different counties. Authorities confirm that an April bust in Elliston and one last Friday in Botetourt County involve the same suspect.

We first introduced you to Christopher Scott Journell's children back in April after the Montgomery County home they were living in, with Journell as their custodial father, was raided by police for being a methamphetamine lab.

The mother of Journell's children, Christine, said in an interview on April 21," 2010. "What were you thinking. Why would you do that when you have children to tend to?" Glenda Jean Faulkner

Christopher Scott Journell

Journell was no where to be found because", according to a search warrant, he and his new girlfriend, Glenda Faulklner, had quietly moved to Faulkner's mother's house in Botetourt County.

It was at this house last Friday that police finally caught up to Journell accusing him of making meth.

He has not yet been charged in the Montgomery County case. Now both Journell and Faulkner face multiple charges related to the manufacturing of the drug.

DEA Special Agent Timothy Carden is the region's agent in charge and and says the number of busts statewide are up.

"We are concerned about the growing numbers," Carden said.

Last fiscal year the number was 23, so far this year it is 37- still a long way off from 2004 when the number was 79, before new laws put the clamps on the sale of active ingredients.

Not only that, but domestic production is a drop in the bucket compared to where real quantities are coming from.

"We still think the majority of methamphetamine in this area in south-central and southwestern Virginia is Mexican Cartel methamphetamine, which is being brought into the country," Carden said.

The DEA in Roanoke says that the trend they are seeing with this imported drug is that it is making it's way into Virginia from North Carolina, coming from areas in that state that have large Hispanic populations, specifically mentioning Charlotte and Greensboro.

Of the 37 busts this year for domestic production of meth, the DEA says more than 80 percent of those busts have happened in our district, which runs from Appomattox to Bristol.{}{}