Four people have been arrested and one remains on the loose after Spotsylvania County deputies discovered an alleged meth operation near Lake Anna.
Mike Harvey, the sheriff's office spokesman, said deputies responded at about noon Tuesday to a home in the 3000 block of Outback Road for reports of illegal drug use.
"On deputies arrival when the door was opened two individuals fled the residence and a cloud of white smoke escaped the residence," Harvey said. "The deputies entered the residence to secure the other occupants when they noticed a chemical smell and something cooking on the stove. The deputies also began to feel their skin burning."
Deputies detained the three people left in the home and continued to investigate. Harvey said the Spotsylvania County Fire and Rescue Hazmat team had to do an emergency decontamination before the suspects and two deputies were transported to a hospital for exposure to the chemicals.
Virginia State Police, Drug Enforcement Agency, Virginia Department of Emergency Management all responded to assist with the clean up, collection of evidence and decontamination of the residence, he said.
The following people have been charged with manufacturing meth:
Randolph Scott Rusk Jr., 31
Paul Andrew Lowe Jr., 23
Erin Foster, 21
Sara Jane Reese, 21
Tavis Reese, 22, is still wanted for a charge of manufacturing meth.