Meth lab charges placed after stop

BLUE RIDGE – Two Craig County men were arrested in a mobile meth lab bust in Botetourt County last week, and a jury recommended a 10-year-sentence for another.

Botetourt County Sheriff Ronnie Sprinkle identified the two as Christopher Paitsel and Brandon Wolfe, both of New Castle, who were arrested on U.S. 460 in the community of Blue Ridge on April 1.

Paitsell, 39, and Wolfe, 21, were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of the illegal drug.

They were taken to the Botetourt County-Craig County Regional Jail in Fincastle.

Sprinkle said he called in the Virginia State Police Clandestine laboratory Response team to examine and process suspected methamphetamine materials deputies found in the 2000 Jeep Cherokee Wolfe and Paitsell were in when arrested.

The VSP called in contract specialists, Sprinkle explained, to decontaminate and remove hazardous materials.

In another Craig County-related drug arrest and prosecution, a Botetourt County jury tried New Castle resident Jody Douglas Bale, found him guilty of possession of methamphetamine, and recommended a prison sentence of 10 years. He will be sentenced later.

His trial was March 29 in Botetourt County Circuit Court. According to the Virginia Courts Case Information website, Bales was arrested date Dec. 10, 2010.