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Four charged after police raid suspected meth lab in Norfolk

Posted at 9:12 AM, Jan 15, 2016

Norfolk, VA – Four people are facing drug charges after police found materials consistent with manufacturing methamphetamines while serving a search warrant Thursday night.

Shortly before 9 p.m. Vice and Narcotics Detectives found meth materials inside a home in the 1300 block of Templar Blvd while serving a Maintaining a Nuisance Drug House warrant.

Norfolk Fire Marshal’s Office, Virginia State Police, and the DEA all responded to the home to assist in the investigation.

Detectives have charged 49-year-old Richard Billups, 30-year-old Justin Long, 28-year-old Kyle Harris and 23-year-old Ashley Billups.

Several neighbors tell NewsChannel 3 Richard Billups and Ashley Billups are father and daughter. However, Norfolk Police has not confirmed that relationship.

Several neighbors also told NewsChannel 3 they suspected a bust like this was coming soon.

"A couple of years ago I noticed it went from Rick [Richard] mowing lawns and being a friendly guy to him mowing lawns and talking to himself," said Ian Glover, who has lived by the house his whole life. "In a way it makes me sad but everyone knew it was going to happen eventually."

All four face one count each of manufacturing methamphetamines, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamines, possession of 2 or more precursors-methamphetamines and maintaining a nuisance drug house.

No injuries were reported.