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3 arrested on meth charges

May. 05, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- An anonymous tip led Huntington Police officers to a home in Guyandotte where they found a meth lab Saturday night.

Eric Edward Mount, 41, Erin Ashley Mullins, 31, and John Paul Cloninger, 25, were arrested after officers were dispatched to a home in the 700 block of South High Street to check on a minor child, Sgt. K.R. Beckett said in a press release.

Mount was charged with conspiracy to operate a clandestine lab, and Mullins and Cloninger each were charged with one count of exposure of a child to methamphetamine.

The person who called police said they had just encountered the child, who they said smelled like ammonia.

When the two responding officers arrived at the residence Saturday evening, Mullins answered the door and said she lived at the residence with her 3-year-old child and Cloninger, said Beckett.

Mullins consented to the officers checking her house to make sure it was safe for her child, and they located Mount in the kitchen, said Beckett. A background check revealed a felony warrant for conspiracy to operate a clandestine lab on Mount's record, and an officer noticed several precursors to the operation of a clandestine lab, said Beckett.

The officers obtained a search warrant for the residence, and a West Virginia State Police trooper as well as a Child Protective Services advocate were dispatched to the home.

Trooper R.N. Blankenship, who is a clandestine lab technician, responded to the scene and assisted with the collection of evidence that will be sent to the state police's forensic science lab for analysis.

The Department of Environmental Protection was notified of the incident.

Mount, Mullins and Cloninger were incarcerated Saturday night at the Western Regional Jail.

Bond for Mount and Cloninger was set at $100,000 each, and no bond had been set for Mullins according to booking records at the jail.