Latest news: 12-23-08
Man operated meth lab by sheriff's office
SISSONVILLE, W.Va. -- State Police arrested a man accused of running a meth lab in his home not even 100 yards from the Sissonville detachment of the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department.
Troopers went to the Starlite Drive home of Charles Kevin Conrad, 47, Monday night after receiving an anonymous tip. Troopers found materials and chemicals used to make methamphetamine at the home, but did not find an active lab, according to Sgt. K.G. McCord.
Troopers found pipes used to smoke the meth and found only traces of the final product, leading them to believe meth had been manufactured and consumed at the home.
McCord said Conrad's "dilapidated" home is within 75 yards of the Kanawha County Sheriff's Sissonville detachment.
Conrad was charged with simple possession of meth and attempting to operate a meth lab. He is being held at South Central Regional Jail.
Labs discovered near elementary schools
Police in Kalihi Monday arrested seven people in busting two suspected crystal methamphetamine dealing operations going on near elementary schools.
Both busts by the Kalihi Crime Reduction Unit were the result of ongoing undercover operations.
Police tonight arrested a woman employee of Club 77 at 1822 Republican St. and three men on suspicion of meth trafficking. The bar is located within 1,000 feet of Pu'uhale School, Kalihi District Maj. Kurt Kendro said.
Man aided by ambulance crew, arrested for "meth car"
The owner of a car found parked in front of a Winona hardware store in November containing a working methamphetamine laboratory was charged last week with two felonies.
Jessie William King, 31, was charged Wednesday with methamphetamine manufacturing and possession of meth ingredients with the intent to manufacture the drug. The manufacturing charge carries a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison and a $1 million fine. If convicted, King faces a mandatory minimum sentence of four years in prison for the charge.
According to police reports, ambulance crews were called Nov. 15 to Daniels Ace Hardware, 320 W. Second St., on a report of an unresponsive male in a parked car that smelled of paint thinner. King identified himself to rescuers but bolted from the ambulance while en route to Community Memorial Hospital, according to the criminal complaint made available Monday.
Officers found several containers and chemicals in the back seat and trunk of a silver coupe, court documents show. Some of those chemicals included anhydrous ammonia and hydrochloric acid.
King later admitted to investigators that he was using the car as a meth lab and was transporting it to a “rural location” for the final step in manufacturing the drug but fell asleep in the car, according to the complaint. King said he estimated he would be able to make about 0.25 ounces of meth and planned to use it for himself, the complaint states.
King was not arrested but has been summoned to appear in court Jan. 20. He is scheduled for an evidentiary hearing and a probation violation hearing today on unrelated drug charges.
Eight dealers charged as county sees labs double
Eight Sampson County residents pleaded guilty to federal drug charges this year as Sheriff Jimmy Thornton saw the number of methamphetamine labs uncovered by his narcotics team double from 2007, officials said Monday.
Authorities hope the harsh penalties levied against the dealers will serve as a deterrent to other people involved in the drug trade.
U.S. Attorney George Holding and Special Agent Jerry Weaver, head of the Fayetteville office of the SBI, joined Sheriff Thornton in Clinton Monday to discuss operation "Juiced Out," which has lead to the arrests and convictions of eight dealers so far.