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Four arrested in meth lab busts

Sep. 24, 2012 @ 12:03 AM

Two separate meth lab busts yielded four arrests late Saturday in Wayne and Lincoln counties.

The first incident occurred about 9 p.m. Saturday when law enforcement officers in Wayne County executed a search warrant at a residence in the 8000 block of Polk Street in Fort Gay.

When officers arrived at the residence, a man ran from the front porch to a nearby wooded area, according to Bob Copley, a spokesman for the Wayne County Sheriff's Department. The man was located in the wooded area a few minutes later. Officers found materials used to make methamphetamine, including drain cleaner, pseudoephedrine, tin foil and gas generator hoses, in the residence and in the wooded area, Copley said.

Officers also discovered during their investigation that a woman who was at the residence when the search warrant was executed had delivered hydrocodone pills to a person staying there, Copley said.

Randy Lee Webb, 39, was arrested and charged with attempting to operate a meth lab, possession of pseudoephedrine in an altered state, two counts of possession of a controlled substance and fleeing on foot. His bond was set at $50,000. Mary Finley, 42, also was arrested and charged with delivery of a controlled substance. Her bond was set at $30,000.

The investigation was a cooperative effort by the Wayne County Sheriff's Department, West Virginia State Police and Fort Gay Police Department, Copley said.

It is the second time in less than a year that officers have arrested multiple suspects at the residence on drug charges, Copley said. Four people were arrested in December 2011 during an investigation into suspected drug trafficking at the residence.

Copley said the Sheriff's Department intends to meet with the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney's Office and Fort Gay town officials this week to determine what needs to be done to condemn the property. It was unclear Sunday who owns the property or whether it is abandoned or being leased.

The second incident occurred in Lincoln County. State troopers arrested Leighann May Dolin, 34, and Ronnie Carl Harper, 38. Both were charged with operating a clandestine lab, possession of a controlled substance and giving false info. They were waiting to be arraigned Sunday evening.

State troopers did not return phone calls seeking more information about the arrests in Lincoln County.

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