RADFORD—Investigators with Raford City Police Department and members of the Claytor Lake Regional Drug Task Force followed tips to a residence at 421 Sanford St., Radford on March 25 to execute a search warrant in regards to illegal sale of marijuana. As a result the two agencies discovered materials associated with a DMT lab and three arrests were made.
The department made entry into the apartment in the Copper Beech community around 7:30 p.m. Monday, seizing marijuana, numerous smoking devices, over $5,000 in cash, along with “numerous items” associated with the manufacture of DMT. A DMT lab is similar in makeup to a meth lab and uses some of the same ingredients, according to a March 26 release from Radford City Police.
The police department was following drug intelligence when they executed the warrant on the residence and notified the Radford City Fire Department, according to Lt. R.A. Wilburn, “just to be on the safe side.” The fire department responded to check for hazardous materials and test for air quality. Wilburn said no apartments were evacuated and no residents were believed to be in any danger.
Two of the apartment’s residents, Casey Michael Gleich, age 19 of Radford, and Colin Parker Hope, 20 of Radford, were arrested along with Lucas Michael Nelson, 18 of Hampton. Nelson is not a resident of the apartment.
Nelson has been charged with conspiring to sell or distribute more than 1/2 ounce of marijuana and conspiring to manufacture a Schedule I or II controlled substance. He is being held at New River Valley Regional Jail on $1,000 bond.
Gleich was charged with conspiring to sell or distribute more than 1/2 ounce of marijuana, conspiring to manufacture a Schedule I or II controlled substance, as well as manufacturing a Schedule I or II controlled substance. Gleich is being held at NRVRJ on $1,500 bond.
Charges against Hope include conspiring to sell or distribute more than 1/2 ounce of marijuana, manufacturing a Schedule I or II controlled substance, distribution of more than 1/2 ounce of marijuana but less than 5 pounds and conspiring to manufacture a Schedule I or II controlled substance. He is also being held at NRVRJ on a $2,500 bond.
It is not clear whether any of the three men are Radford University students.