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Police say trailer in Orange was meth lab

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A Rhoadesville man was arrested Tuesday after police found a meth lab on the property where he was living.

According to a release from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, deputies went to the property at 27539 Constitution Highway on Monday to serve an eviction notice.

While looking around the property, the release states, deputies noticed a camper trailer that they deemed suspicious.

Further investigation revealed that the camper trailer was being used as a meth lab. Investigators from Orange, state police and other agencies were called in to collect evidence.

An undetermined amount of crystal meth was found in the subsequent search, along with assorted chemicals and other products used to produce crystal meth, and multiple firearms were seized from the trailer, police said.

David Gene Thorsted, 55, slipped away from the property after the initial deputies arrived Monday and was not found during several hours of searching that day.

But police got information Tuesday that Thorsted was at a location in Spotsylvania. He was found there and taken into custody without incident.

Thorsted is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine. Police said more charges are pending.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404