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Man, woman jailed on meth charge

Feb. 22, 2011 @ 12:00 AM

MILTON -- A police officer's curiosity about tinted window glass led to the arrest of two people accused of operating a methamphetamine lab in Milton.

Criminal complaints identified those arrested as Michael Joseph Smith, 28, and Robbyn Ashley Smith, 27. The suspects live at the same address along West Mud River in Milton.

Criminal complaints state an officer with the Milton Police Department pulled over the Smiths' vehicle Sunday night because of its window tint. The officer identified Michael Smith as its driver. The officer asked if anything illegal had been stored inside. The driver said, "No."

That prompted an invitation to search the vehicle. The complaint charges the search uncovered several boxes of pseudoephedrine, a drug used in many cold medicines and a common ingredient for cooking methamphetamine.

Robbyn Smith, the vehicle's passenger, then gave the officer and a Cabell County Sheriff's deputy consent to search the couple's residence. The complaint charges that search revealed more methamphetamine-related items and ingredients, along with 20 marijuana seeds.

Both were charged with felony operation of a clandestine drug lab. They were jailed at 12:45 a.m. Monday.

Cabell County Magistrate Ron Baumgardner set the couple's individual bond amounts at $50,000.