NEW INFO: Meth Lab Bust in Kanawha County; Three Arrests Made

By: Anna Baxter, Michael Hyland Email
By: Anna Baxter, Michael Hyland Email

UPDATE 2/14/12 @ 10:45 p.m.
NITRO, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A meth bust ended Tuesday with three people being taken away in handcuffs, a home condemned and neighbors feeling some relief that police took action.

It all started with a tip about alleged drug activity at a home along 11th Street in Nitro.

Some of the people police say were involved in this bust were arrested just six months ago on similar charges.

Detectives with the Metro Drug Unit arrested Douglass Sizemore and Leonard and Susan Mitchell.

They each face charges of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and a drug charge for being within 1,000 feet of a school.

"It's not very safe, in my opinion. I won't even bring my son outside to play. He stays inside because I'm afraid of what could happen. And, if that house were ever to blow, then it's taking out everything around us," says Jennifer Weinrich, who lives in the neighborhood where the drug bust happened.

Weinrich says it's the second time in the past year she's seen a bust happen at the house.

Ronald Lanham works at a nearby store. "It could take the side of the building out very easily," he says.

When WSAZ.com asked Sizemore about the charges against him, he declined to comment. Sizemore pleaded guilty to operating a clandestine drug lab in 2010 and was placed on supervised probation for two years, according to court records.

Susan Mitchell uttered an expletive and declined to comment further when asked by WSAZ.com.

The Mitchells also were arrested in August. State police came to their home in Sissonville, acting on a tip.

At the time, troopers said Leonard Mitchell was cooking meth in the same room he was running a business making dentures. One of the drug charges against him has been dropped. The other is pending in Circuit Court.

"I wasn't doing anything this time. I just stopped by to visit the guy. At the wrong time, wrong place," Leonard Mitchell says.

WSAZ.com’s Michael Hyland pointed out to Mitchell, "The police said they found meth on you, though."

He responded, "I didn't say I didn't use it, but I don't make it."

During Tuesday’s bust, detectives say they found one main lab and some smaller ones inside the home.

They say they also found enough meth on all three people to suggest they were distributing it.



ORIGINAL STORY 2/14/12 @ 2 p.m.
NITRO, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Three people are facing charges after a meth lab bust in Kanawha County.

The bust happened about noon at 1106 11th St. in Nitro.

Nitro Police tell WSAZ.com the Metro Drug Unit got a tip Tuesday morning that someone at the home was cooking meth. When officers with the drug unit got on scene they smelled the drug and served a search warrant, according to police.

Police say once they got inside they found multiple meth labs. Two men and a woman were arrested.

They are expected to be arraigned in Magistrate Court at the Kanawha County Courthouse Tuesday afternoon.

Nitro Police tell WSAZ.com this is the second meth bust at this home in the past eight months.


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