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UPDATE: Meth Suspect Repeatedly Arrested

By: Cathleen Moxley, Jeremy Edwards Email
By: Cathleen Moxley, Jeremy Edwards Email
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UPDATE 5/28/13 @ 5:50 p.m.
JEFFERSON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man is making his third trip to jail in a matter of months. Police say Kelcil Carpenter, 39, keeps returning to his home where meth busts keep happening.

This all started with a meth bust two months ago at Carpenter's home along Hampshire Drive in Jefferson.

"I don't even know what I'm being arrested for," Carpenter said during his first arrest.

Carpenter was arrested in March when police found him and a meth lab inside.

When asked if he had ever made meth, Carpenter said, "Nope, never a day in my life. I swear to that -- never a day in my life. I don't even know how to make it."

Carpenter was out on bond a couple of weeks ago when the home next door also was busted for meth. He was inside when it happened and arrested again.

Then, there was another meth lab inside Carpenter's house. He wasn't there when it was found, but Tuesday morning he was caught breaking back in.

"It's his home," Kanawha County planning director, David Armstrong, said. "I'm sure he wants to be in his home, but he should have thought of these things before he allowed meth to be cooked inside of it."

"I was sleeping out in a tent in the backyard," Carpenter said. "The door was open. I thought I could get some cigarettes."

Caught and charged with trespassing, Carpenter is heading back to jail, Meanwhile clean-up crews are getting back to work.

"We'll continue to board it up as many times as necessary, because you do have children who live in this area," Armstrong said. "Our goal is to keep the children out and keep them as safe as possible.

When it comes to demolishing meth houses, Armstrong says it usually takes the county about a year to get through the legal process.

That means there are about nine or 10 more months of trying to keep Carpenter's home boarded up and safe.

Carpenter was taken to the South Central Regional Jail; his bond was set at $1,000.



UPDATE 3/20/13 @ 6:15 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- West Virginia State Police went to investigate a meth lab and ended up busting two meth labs.

It happened Wednesday along Hampshire Drive in Jefferson.

Kelcil Carpenter, 39, woke up when troopers showed up at his house. Inside, they found meth and the materials to make it.

We asked Carpenter if he had ever made meth.

“Nope. Never a day in my life. Swear to that; never a day in my life. I don't even know how to make it,” Carpenter said.

While Carpenter sits in jail, his home has been boarded up and condemned.

It’s the same story for another house just down the road.

Troopers also found a meth lab inside it; along with Larry Jarrett, 39, who claims he doesn't even live there.

“I wasn't making meth in there,” Jarrett said.

When asked why he was being arrested, Jarrett replied, “Wrong place, wrong time, I guess.”

“It's just a shame what drugs do to these folks,” Trooper First Class R.A. Phillips said.

Neighbors like Chuck Knight have been waiting on this day for years, and now they say they can breathe easier.

“I'm tickled plum to death they're taking care of some of this stuff around here,” Knight said. “The meth problem down here; they've been a nuisance and a serious health hazard for two or three years now.”

Carpenter and Jarrett remain in the South Central Regional Jail.



UPDATE 3/20/13 @ 11:20 a.m.
JEFFERSON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Two people have been arrested in connection with two meth labs in Jefferson.

West Virginia State Police tell WSAZ.com they have taken Kelcil Carpenter and Larry Jarrett into custody.

The meth labs were found at two different locations along Hampshire Drive, Wednesday morning.

Troopers tell WSAZ.com they had a search warrant for a home and information they found there led them to another house down the street.

Both homes are in the process of being condemned.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



ORIGINAL STORY
JEFFERSON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- West Virginia State Police are on the scene of two meth labs in Jefferson.

The labs were discovered at two different locations on Hampshire Drive Wednesday morning.

Two men have been arrested in connection with the case.

Troopers tell WSAZ.com they had a search warrant for a home and information they found there led them to another house down the street.

Both homes are in the process of being condemned.

We have a crew on the scene. Keep clicking WSAZ.com for the latest information.


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