CHESTERFIELD — Two men were charged with cooking meth after sheriff’s deputies disarmed one of the suspects, who had “15 to 20 knives on his person,” according to an arrest report.
Chesterfield County deputies were called to 485 Jim Rivers Road just outside the Chesterfield town limits around 3 a.m. Sept. 20 to check on the welfare of a 32-year-old woman who lives there, Sgt. Don Hughes wrote in an incident report. A complainant told dispatchers 22-year-old Kelley Steven Butler was at the home after being told numerous times to stay away.
Deputies arrived to find Butler and 19-year-old Brandon Payne of 917 Songbird Road, Chesterfield, standing near a white pickup truck. Authorities spotted a shotgun in plain view lying on a bag inside the truck and searched the men for weapons, Hughes wrote.
During a search of the truck, deputies and Chesterfield police say they found a bottle of Coleman fuel, an ice pack and a pill bottle labeled acetaminophen with the name Butler written on it, all banded together.
“These items were immediately recognized by units as ingredients to make methamphetamine,” Hughes wrote in his report.
A Chesterfield police officer also found a small amount of marijuana in a pill bottle bearing Butler’s name, according to deputies.
Payne had various knives in both pockets, at least one taped to his boot and was carrying a machete, Hughes said.
“Payne was asked why he had all the knives and he stated he uses them when he goes hunting,” Hughes wrote in the report. “He was asked where he was hunting tonight at 3 a.m. and he stated that he had wanted to go coon hunting (he did not have a dog) or squirrel hunting.”
Butler and Payne were jailed on a charge of simple possession of marijuana. Later that morning, deputies obtained arrest warrants charging both men with manufacturing methamphetamine.
Butler also was charged with unlawful carrying of a shotgun and signed a consent order turning the weapon over to the sheriff’s office, Hughes wrote.
The woman who deputies had been sent to check on was not at the home at the time of their arrival. She had not been reported missing and was not believed to be in danger at the time the arrest reports were filed.
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