Thompson faces meth charges

Published 11:27 am Thursday, March 10, 2016

A 48-year-old Cumberland County man is charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to manufacture, sell or distribute following the execution of a search warrant on Feb. 26.

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Clayton Gray Thompson Jr., of Finch Drive, is being held without bond at Piedmont Regional Jail in Farmville.

“It was on Finch Drive, a Farmville address in Cumberland County,” said Deputy Chris Stimpson of the search.

“(We found) items involved in the manufacturing of methamphetamine, basically. There is a bunch of different items you can use to manufacture meth. There were items involved in that. I’m getting ready to send it off to the lab now,” he said.

Chemicals were also seized during the search, Stimpson said.

“If you actually find a certain amount of … meth, you can charge (with) manufacturing. If you find a certain number of items that involve the making of methamphetamines, you can charge with manufacturing. That’s what this was. He was charged with manufacturing meth because of the number of items found in his home that has to do with manufacturing meth.”

“I’m sure that meth was part of it in some of these items that we found” he said when asked if meth was found in the home.

According to the Code of Virginia, if found guilty, Thompson could be sentenced to pay up to $500,000 in fines and spend up to 40 years in jail.

According to Sheriff Darrell Hodges, the arrest was made in conjunction with the Piedmont Regional Narcotic and Gang Enforcement Task Force.