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Milton Police bust meth operation

Feb. 25, 2013 @ 11:49 PM

MILTON -- Three men and a woman were arrested Monday in connection with a lengthy methamphetamine investigation.

Those charged were Richard Crouch Jr., 32; Ambrose Chapman, 37; William Setliff, 21; and Emily Rose Chapman, 20. They were arraigned by Cabell County Magistrate Mike Woelfel and detained on bonds ranging between $30,000 and $50,000, according to court records.

Each face varying counts of operating/attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory, possession of pseudoephedrine in an altered state and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, all felonies.

The charges stem from a search warrant executed Monday at a mobile home in the 400 block of Florida Street. Police had been watching the house for some time, said Milton Police Patrolman Dean Bishop.

The patrolman described Monday's raid as significant. He said a typical meth bust will uncover one or two labs, whereas Monday's raid revealed 12 to 16. Each were mobile, soda bottle labs.

Authorities had collected information about the residence for six to eight months, Bishop estimated.

The mobile home belonged to Crouch, Bishop said. He described Ambrose Chapman as a friend to Crouch, while the other suspects were related to Ambrose Chapman.

The state Fire Marshal's office assisted in the investigation.

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