On Monday September 30, 2013 the Orange County Sheriff’s Office executed an eviction notice in the Rhoadesville area of Orange County. While surveying the property, deputies noticed a camper trailer that appeared suspicious. When the resident realized the deputies had noticed his camper he walked away. After further investigation they were able to determine that the camper trailer was being used as a meth lab. At that point Investigators from the Orange Co. Sheriff’s Office, the Blue Ridge Narcotics and Gang Task Force and the VA State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations were called in to assist in collecting evidence and the cleanup of hazardous materials. K-9 units from Culpeper Co. Sheriff’s Office along with VA State Police were called to attempt to locate the suspect, David Gene Thorsted. Units searched for the suspect for several hours but were unsuccessful in locating him.
As a result of the search of the property, the Blue Ridge Narcotics and Gang Task Force seized an undetermined amount of crystal meth, a number of different chemicals and other products used to produce crystal meth and a number of firearms from the camper.
On October 1, 2013 it was reported that someone was possibly back at the residence. Units from the Orange Co. Sheriff’s Office and the VA State Police responded along with the VA State Police SWAT Team. Entry was made into the residence but no one was found.
On 10/1/13 the Orange County Sheriff’s Office received information on the location of David G. Thorsted. Mr. Thorsted was arrested without incident in Spotsylvania Co. Mr. Thorsted was arrested on the charges stemming from the earlier press release involving the meth lab.
This case is still under investigation with more charges pending.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Investigator Steve LaLuna or Investigator Bryan Seal at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office at (540) 672-1200 or the Blue Ridge Narcotics and Gang Task Force at (540) 547-2997.
David G. Thorsted Date of Birth/ 9-4-58 Last known address of 27539 Constitution Hwy. Rhoadesville, VA 22542