UPDATE: Parents Arrested in Meth Bust

By: WSAZ News Staff; Andrew Colegrove Email
By: WSAZ News Staff; Andrew Colegrove Email

UPDATE: 3/6/13 @ 10 p.m.
WAYNE, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Children were put in serious danger living inside a home with a meth lab, Wayne County sheriff’s deputies say.

Now their parents are in jail, and neighbors are left in disbelief.

15-year-old Steven Putnam says he’s a few years older than the kids who lived next door, but he says they'd often visit each other's homes.

"They were really nice people,” Putnam said of the children’s parents. “They'd always let me come over and play with their kids."

Wednesday investigators made a meth lab bust at a home on Bluefield Street in Wayne and arrested the parents, Brandon and Betty Woods.

Wayne County Sheriff's Deputies and Wayne Police knocked on the couple's door, where they say a working meth lab was operating.

Deputies say the only good thing about this is the Woods’ two kids were at school and didn't have to watch their parents being taken away in handcuffs.

"I'm still in shock,” Putnam’s stepfather Teddy Workman said. “I can't believe it was right next door to me. That really touches me that a kid would go through that. It's really sad."

Also arrested in the raid were Paul Richard Webb, David Workman and Stanley Peterman, all of Wayne.

While he was being arrested, Workman told WSAZ he was not involved with the meth.

"I don't have a bad background or nothing,” Workman said. “No, I don't mess with that stuff and will not."

Deputies say Workman is lying and are charging him.

Steven Putnam says he’s brokenhearted for his friends.

"I hate to see this happen to them,” Putnam said. “I'd love for them to keep living beside me, but not like this."

All suspects are charged with conspiracy, aiding and abetting, child endangerment and operating a clandestine lab.

A deputy says those kids were likely going to be taken in by Child Protective Services.



ORIGINAL STORY
WAYNE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A quiet neighborhood became the focus of a police raid Wednesday afternoon as officers shut down an alleged meth lab at a residence in Wayne.

Wayne County Sheriff's Deputies and Wayne Police knocked on the door of Brandon and Betty Woods' trailer on Bluefield Street, where they say the working meth lab was operating.

Five people were arrested part of the two week investigation. Investigators say they included the Woods who are the parents of the children who lived in the trailer.

"We can't have children exposed to this sort of environment, we can't have our community exposed to this sort of environment" said Mark Bradshaw with the Wayne Sheriff Office.

Bradshaw says its fortunate the children were in school at the time of the raid.

Also arrested in the raid were Paul Richard Webb, David Workman and Stanley Peterman all of Wayne.

All five people are being charged with conspiracy, aiding and abetting, child endangerment and operating a clandestine lab.

One of the men taken into custody Wednesday told WSAZ.com that he just works with Brandon and had nothing to do with the meth lab. "No sir, only thing we done was we worked with the boy, you gotta see him when you work together. I don't have no bad background or nothing. No I don't mess with that stuff and will not," said David Workman.

Investigators say there could be further arrests in the case.

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