NewsLocal News

Actions

‘He’s terrified and crying,’ says mobile meth lab suspect’s fiancee

Posted at 6:55 PM, Aug 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-26 19:08:54-04

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. – Police have made five additional arrests after a mobile meth lab was discovered in Chesterfield County earlier this week.

Chesterfield mobile meth lab suspects

Chesterfield mobile meth lab suspects

Several of the seven suspects who appeared in court for a bond hearing Friday were denied bond, including Kaitlyn Lea's fiancé

Michael May was hosed down in the middle of Forest Lake Road Tuesday after police pulled him over with passenger Kenneth Tinsley early Wednesday afternoon

Kaitlyn Lea

Kaitlyn Lea

Lea admitted her fiancee, Kenneth Tinsley, went to the Budget Inn after he got a call that his friend Daniel Moore had been arrested for meth

Lea said Tinsley “didn't feel good about it, but went even though it was against his better judgment."

Kenneth Tinsley

Kenneth Tinsley

But now Tinsley has been charged with manufacturing meth, which is a far more serious crime than accessory.

Lea said that is just wrong. In fact, she said her fiancee was recently released from jail and she claims he had zero knowledge of any meth operation

Michael May being hosed off.

Michael May being hosed off.

“That fact may make a difference, because if he just got out of jail, three days is not significant enough time to get roped into something organized," said criminal defense attorney Ed Riley, who is not connected to the case. "He may be on the lower level of it."

Lea acknowledges her fiancee made a mistake by trying to help his friends clean the inn, but a conviction of manufacturing meth could land the father of her unborn child in prison for 5 to 40 years

“He's terrified and crying,” Lea said. "He's not out there cooking and selling drugs or trying to kill people. He's against that."

Most of the suspects rounded up Wednesday will face a judge in mid-November. Sources said there could be a dozen more arrests made in connection with the case.