2 women arrested after ‘clandestine’ meth lab discovered during search warrant




HOPEWELL, Va. (WRIC) — Authorities in Hopewell arrested two women on Thursday after conducting an early morning search warrant and discovering a suspected “one-pot” clandestine methamphetamine lab.

Hopewell detectives executed a narcotics-related search warrant in a residence in the 1000 block of Elm Street at 6:20 a.m., police said. Hopewell Fire, along with Ft. Lee Fire and Rescue and State Police’s Clandestine Lab Unit, responded to the scene to assist in removing the hazardous materials. “As a precautionary measure and due to the extremely hazardous and volatile nature of the chemicals used in the manufacturing process, the residence was immediately evacuated and the scene further secured”, said Detective Lieutenant Paul Intravia.

Authorities searched the property and found evidence of a suspected clandestine drug lab and chemicals that are associated with manufacturing meth and other drugs. The hazardous materials that were confiscated were disposed, “of pursuant to state and federal law,” police said. Savanna K. Berlingeri, a 32-year-old from Hopewell, and Dallas A. Johnson, a 26-year-old from Dinwiddie, were arrested after an ongoing investigation.

Berlinger was arrested on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Johnson was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.


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