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Lincoln Sheriff's Deputies Make Largest Meth Bust in Department History

By: Jennifer Rizzi Email
By: Jennifer Rizzi Email

LINCOLN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) --Sheriff's Deputies say a monster meth bust involved an entire trailer park in West Hamlin.

Deputies say they made the biggest bust in department history when someone made a call to their anonymous Tip Line.

A hazardous dump of drug waste was discovered behind Gores Trailer Park. Deputies say they found two active meth labs, a trail of needles, and seven used shake-and-bake pots.

"Empty bottles, tubes, coffee filters...we found meth-making materials completely as far as you could see," Chief Deputy J.J. Napier said.

Alan Strother was arrested in connection with the bust. Deputies say he confessed to manufacturing meth.

But the sheer amount of drug waste shows he didn't act alone.

"I'm a daddy and I live for my children," Napier said. "All I could think about were these small children living in the community, inhaling these fumes."

Deputies spent more than five hours cleaning up the danger with workers from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

Heaps of trash remain, now-devoid of drugs but still polluting the park.

Neighbors who didn't want to be identified say they live in fear - not just from the drugs, but also from retaliation.

"I stay to myself...I stay in the trailer," one neighbor said. "But the [meth] is unreal."

Deputies say all it takes is just one tip for them to step in.

"We're doing the best we can with what we've got," Napier said. "We need people to speak up."

You can call the Anonymous Tip Line at 824-7980.


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