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Virginia Beach man who claimed he was making essential oils, not meth, sentenced to 1 year in jail

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Posted at 5:28 PM, Jul 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-22 17:28:46-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - A man who claims he was creating essential oils after being arrested in 2019 for having a drug lab in his home, has been sentenced to jail.

27-year-old Abraham Haines was sentenced to one year and two months in jail after police say they conducted an investigation that led them to Haines home that appeared to have components of a lab used to manufacture drugs.

Norfolk Police were conducting a narcotics investigation in May 2019, when it lead them to execute a search warrant in the 4300 block of Tillman Drive. Police

Haines admitted to News 3 after his arrest that he’s grown mushrooms and pot before, but says his arrest was all a mistake.

“They told me I was producing meth, but I have a chemistry set and it’s used to make essential oils and soaps. I’ve been trying to make a little extra money to buy my daughter a gift, so I’ve been selling stuff on Etsy,” explained Haines.

Haines told News 3 that someone called Child Protective Services because they saw chemistry equipment.

Law enforcement, dressed in hazmat suits, were seen coming out of his home with bags of dangerous materials. Police say Animal Control assisted with removing a dog and puppies from the home and returning it to their owner.

Neighbors who witnessed police conducting the investigation said they were very shocked and baffled.

Police charged Haines with possession of a controlled substance, manufacturing, sales and possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

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