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Two Arrests in Suspected Meth Lab Bust

by Katie Pyzyk August 28, 2012 at 12:45 pm 11,907 98 Comments

Two men have been arrested in connection with last night’s bust of a suspected meth lab in Virginia Square.

Arlington resident William Hudgens, 31, and Leonard Fischer, 44, have been arrested and charged with Attempted Manufacturing of Methamphetamine.

Police were called to an apartment building at 801 N. Monroe Street around 9:30 p.m. on Monday for a dispute. When they got inside, officers noticed items consistent with the manufacturing of meth.

Due to the volatile nature of methamphetamine production, residents on three floors of the 225-unit building were evacuated as a safety precaution. Hazmat and bomb squad teams assisted police in their investigation of the suspicious materials.

Once the scene was deemed safe, members of the ACPD Vice Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant, and arrested Hudgens and Fischer.

The police investigation is ongoing.

  • Westover

    Do they really have much of a customer base here in Arlington? If so, glad I have not noticed.

    • b-money

      that motel across the street probably has a few buyers

      • Jack Tors

        What’s with the King Kong Bundy wrestler outfit that one dude is wearing?

        • Rummy

          You go to jail with the outfit you have on, not the outfit you would like to have on.

          • Tabs

            Excellent point.

    • Ballston

      They don’t call it Crystal City for nothing

      • Dude Where’s My Car

        lol. sometimes i wish we could upvote replies…

      • Carmen

        Crystal City is on the south side of Arlington. Would have worked perfect if the was found there.

        • Novanglus

          LOL. There’s a methodist church in Crystal City, does anyone ever accidentally call it Crystal Meth?

      • ef yourself


    • LVGuy

      Adderall shortage.

  • JimPB

    Look like American caucasian legals.

    • WeiQiang

      Hudgens … may be a Welsh name. figures.

      • Cymraeg

        Eisteddwch i lawr a chaewch eich ceg!

        • WeiQiang

          So, “ceg” = “brah”?

        • Novanglus


    • Dude Where’s My Car

      “nobody’s ever asked for their birth certificate?” [icy stare]

      • Tabs

        Typical liberals! grumble grumble sarcasm

  • JohnB

    When Trev told you he “knew a guy,” I bet he was referring to one of these guys.

  • South Side Chris

    They even fail at failling. Couldn’t get busted for actually making the stuff, just for attempting it. How’s that going to go over at prision prom?

    “I tried to be a bad man, but instead I made too much noise and the neighbors called the cops.”

    • Quoth the Raven

      Dude on the left doesn’t exactly look like an accomplished chemist. I’m betting he wasn’t the brains of the operation.

      • Dude Where’s My Car

        according to Breaking Bad it is the older guy who is the chemist and the younger dude who is the doofus sidekick.

      • Cakes

        Respect the chemsitry.

        • Dude Where’s My Car

          [staggers drunkenly] Reshpect the chemsitry. *hic*

    • Allen

      Inconsistent info across lots of sites. I just read another site that said they were charged with possession.

  • PCity

    Bank robberies, pedestrian accidents, double homicide, and now a meth lab.

    And South Arlington’s the unsafe one!

    • WeiQiang

      Hey! We got cred … two carjackings. Arlington Ridge represent!

    • WeiQiang

      Hello there.

      • WeiQiang [bullet-proof skull version]

        don’t harsh my moniker

  • Jesse Pinkman

    Shoulda called Vamanos Pest Control yo!

    • Dude Where’s My Car

      Doesn’t Gus Fring own El Pollo Rico?

      Man those spices ARE addictive.

  • NoVapologist

    The dude on the left appears to be rocking some sort of one-shouldered wife beater. Is that “high” fashion among the tweaking set?

    • craig

      good eye. It’s actually an Andre the giant wrestling uniform

      • ROFL

      • JamesE

        RIP Andre, truly the real star of The Princess Bride

        • DarkHeart

          It’s not Mandy Patinkin singing “Over the Rainbow”?

          • Tabs

            Nerd. (I like it.)

      • nom de guerre

        Nice. Initially I thought it was from the cartoon version of George of the Jungle.

  • WeiQiang

    Some people don’t watch ‘Project Runway’.

  • cute couple

  • Enlightened

    Jesse Pinkman “Just selling meth just trying to pay $3300 for a 2 bedroom apt” with my roommate Walt

    • Dude Where’s My Car

      ROOMMATE WANTED for VA Square 2 B, 2 Bd only steps from Metro. Must be nonsmoker, love cats and aromatic amines. Knowledge of redox agents used to separate stereospecific isomers ideal.

  • Hank

    The only thing a high-end apartment in a highrise has going for it as a meth lab is that nobody would suspect that someone would be so stupid as to use it as a cook site.

    These guys are probaby tweakers watching Breaking Bad, went down to the 7-11 to get some matches and psuedo and were trying to cook up a batch for themselves. That’s my guess. Meth lab.. ha.

  • Robin

    Holy bubble level, Batman! More crooked mug shots of crooks!

    • nom de guerre

      It’s called a brofile shot. Arlington County has the patent.

      • JamesE

        If I lean slightly to my right I will look more jacked and tan.

      • WeiQiang [bullet-proof skull version]

        brofile = winner

      • Tre

        I can’t wait until the brofile filter gets added to Instagram!

    • Don’t ya’ get it?

      They are crooked…

      (think about it… ahhhh)

  • nom de guerre

    My sources inform me that the lab tests have indicated that the “meth” was actually powdered garlic and the domestic dispute was related to a bro not sliding a brah a PROPER slice.

    • nom de guerre

      More breaking news from my source-several empty *suitcases* were also found at the scene.

  • John Fontain

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh nooooooooooooooo!!!!! How dare we embarrass these fine individuals who are surely innocent by publishing their mugshots.

    • Mick Way

      BTW those are fantastic mug shots. Glamour mug shots.

    • South Awwlington

      Yeah, where is that delegation?

      • Tabs

        On vacay in the national parks. (Hi!)

  • meh..

    The perps are actually 17 and 34, meth ages you something terrible.

    • Tabs

      Manufacturers are never users.

  • AC Publicist

    AC is really becoming a vibrant and diverse place !!!

    • SomeGuy

      With BRAC realignment and looming sequestration, it only makes sense that we’d want to diversify the local employment base.

      • AC Publicist

        It does go to show just how forward looking our leaders are !!

  • Joe


  • B22201

    This is totally the same dude, right?


    From USAToday columnist to suspected criminal.

    • South Side Chris

      Oh my we have fallen quite a few steps down the stair case of crapulence.

    • cookies

      Goes to show that a journalist is ……..[ ].

    • Joe

      Must have been doing research for his new column : Backwoods recipes—-This weeks column— The Method to making Meth and other highly toxic urban pharmaceuticals at home.

    • MC 703

      Perfectly cromulent find!

    • holy cow good diggin, internet gumshoe!

      • ya’ – good

  • VA SQ Denizen

    This morning’s news reported the police stated it was not a meth lab. Now ACPD has charged them with “Attempted Manufacturing of Methamphetamine.” When will the full story come out?

    • carlynglen

      VASQD ..
      when all the facts and information are collected. you’ll have to be patient, ABC News doesn’t have anyone available at this time to misreport.

      • AC Publicist

        Good one !!!

    • K22206

      Note that the ACPD charged with them “attempted” manufacturing of meth, which means they didn’t succeed, and technically means it wasn’t an actual meth lab. Semantics, I know.

    • bman

      their relationship with each other?

      • John Fontain

        Well, the police were originally called out on a domestic so you put 2 and 2 together.

    • NoVapologist

      You can attempt to manufacture meth with a soda bottle, some Coleman lantern fluid, lithium batteries, and Sudafed, but I’m not sure doing so would rise to the level of operating a “lab.”

      • DaddyWood

        Billy’s tweaking and he has some daddy issues.

      • nom de guerre

        *shake and bake*
        Speaking of chicken, Sam’s has a new addition to the lineup, grilled free range chicken breast with aged Genoa salami, Asiago Pressato, slice red onions and arugula on black olive and rosemary focaccia with sundried tomato and macadamia nut pesto. As always, only while supplies last.

      • anon

        hudgens…is that you?

  • James

    Those residents are going to get a huge discount on their rents…the fact that this went on in their building…bad news for the landlord/owner.

    • Ricky Rose

      They will not have rent reduced one cent because of this. Demand for that building and every other one right next to the metro will continue to be strong. This incident won’t change a thing

  • Hasdrupal

    Great neighborhood…….we had a jumper from the building across the street-now this. Anyone for murder?

  • soarlslacker

    Are jackasses like these two the reason I have talk to the manager of CVS to buy decongestants?

    • AC Publicist

      Probably due to some slightly more competent thugs……..

  • Henry

    Obviously this company does not do a proper background check on new prospective tenants. Eileen is aloof!

  • TuesdaysChild

    Where is the left side of Billy’s tank top?

    • Tre

      Please refer to Andre the Giant costume comment above

    • nom de guerre

      I’m guessing these two were engaged in some type of role play that involved wrestling attire, a “piledriver” move, and at least one suitcase. Things got out of hand and the domestic dispute ensued which resulted in their arrest.

  • NBA Jamsesh

    When do the busses get here to take us to the community center? I was promised a free cot.

  • Joe

    I’m guessing this home cook isn’t the blue stuff? As for the clientele, all you need to do is walk walk down to A-SPAN headquarters in Courthouse to find the tweakers that buy this inferior product up.

    • Clarendon

      There was a dude who seemed bumped on the bench in front of the Starbucks that used to be the Flying Dutchman on Sunday. He was intensely happy and yap yap yapping to everyone that passed by (making no sense).

      • Dude Where’s My Car

        That Starbucks recently busted for “Attempted Manufacture of Caffeine”

  • Geez and to think they could have just sit back and had a nice calgon bath (with salts of course)!

  • JnA

    This is going on all over, but in the basements of single family homes. Arlington is full of upscale TDY transients who are here to party.

  • Looks like Tim Robbins on the right…

  • Ben

    Wow, Tim Robbins has really gone off the deep end.

    • Not Me

      He appears to be trying to poop.


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