Norfolk, Va.- Norfolk Police Department's Vice and Narcotics investigators have formally charged two men in connection with Sunday's hidden meth lab bust.
While attempting to serve a domestic assault and battery warrant, Norfolk officers discovered a meth lab in a neighborhood apartment. Several men were taken into custody at the scene, one of which remains behind bars in the Norfolk City Jail.
After formal interviews, 31-year-old James Patterson of Norfolk was charged with frequenting a drug house, in violation of Norfolk City Code 29-12. Patterson was released on a criminal summons (no booking photo available).
Lance Otis was charged with several felonies and one misdemeanor, to include:
(1) Manufacturing Methamphetamine (felony)
(2) Precursor Possession of Methamphetamine (felony)
(3) Possession of Methamphetamine (felony)
(4) Maintain a Drug House (misdemeanor)
Otis remains in custody at the Norfolk City Jail without bond.
Previous Release (02/21/16):
Norfolk, Va. - Following a domestic dispute early Sunday morning, police responded to the 700 block of W. 27th Street to serve an outstanding warrant.
After taking a man into custody, police were led to materials and items related to the manufacturing of methamphetamine inside the same residence.
Police evacuated the building for safety precautions, as Norfolk Fire-Rescue, Norfolk Fire Marshals and the Norfolk Police Department's Vice and Narcotics Division responded to the scene.
No injuries were reported and Norfolk police have taken the lead in this ongoing investigation.
The man originally wanted for the domestic assault, as well as his domestic partner, were taken into police custody following the meth lab's discovery. Charges are pending against the men as police continue to investigate the scene.
There is no further information available for release at this time.