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The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office says deputies found and removed two infants from a suspected meth house last night near Boones Mill. They’ve placed meth charges against 28-year-old James Alexander Smith and 53-year-old Martha Jo Landgrebe. The house sits along Crowell Gap Road.

(Continue reading for the full Franklin County Sheriff’s Office news release.)

Here is the full news release from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office:

On Monday November 19, 2012, at approximately 7:00 pm, Investigators with the Office of the Sheriff, Franklin County, executed a search warrant of a residence located on Crowell Gap Road in the Boones Mill section of Franklin County near the Roanoke County line.   The search warrant was in reference to the manufacturing of methamphetamine.   At the time of the search, James A. Smith and Martha J. Landgrebe were present in the residence, along with two infants.   Due to the hazardous environment the infants were immediately taken into protective custody and transported for medical evaluation.

This raid was the culmination of an investigation which began with Roanoke County Police Department Detectives days earlier.   Once the investigation crossed over into Franklin County the two agencies worked collectively to fully investigate the suspected methamphetamine laboratory.

The Franklin County Investigators and Roanoke County Detectives were assisted by the Virginia State Police Tactical Team and Virginia State Police Special Agents trained in clandestine lab investigations.  As a result of the search, items were seized indicative of a methamphetamine manufacturing lab along with suspected methamphetamine.

James Alexander Smith,28, of Boones Mill was charged with the following;

18.2-248.02 COV Knowingly allow a child to be present during manufacture of methamphetamine.

18.2-248.03COV Manufacture 28-227 grams of a substance containing detectable amount of methamphetamine

Martha Jo Landgrebe,53, of Boones Mill was charged with the following;

18.2-248.02 COV Knowingly allow a child to be present during manufacture of methamphetamine.

18.2-248.03COV Manufacture 28-227 grams of a substance containing detectable amount of methamphetamine