Two Arrested in St. Albans Meth Bust

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Two people are facing charges after a meth bust in St. Albans.

St. Albans Police say they got a tip that a man and woman were trying to sell meth from a car in the parking lot of a restaurant.

When police got to the scene, the suspects were gone, but police found their car on Walnut Street.

The driver was pulled over after police say there was a faulty brake light in the car, and the driver didn't use a turn signal.

Police say Robert Nicholson, 44, of St. Albans, was driving the car and fell to the ground, acting as if he swallowed something and was disoriented. An ambulance was called and Nicholson was taken to the hospital, where he admitted he did not swallow anything.

Laura Thayer, 40, of St. Albans, was a passenger in the car.

Police say they found was was believed to be crystal meth in the car, so they took it to the St. Albans Police and Fire building to be searched.

Along with the drugs, police also found PVC pipes with sealed up end caps. Thinking they were pipe bombs, the Kanawha County Bomb Squad was called in, the building the evacuated and several streets were blocked off.

Investigators used an x-ray machine on the pipes, and found they were not bombs, but could have been used as smuggling devices.

Police say the crystal meth found inside the car was "a high quality substance which is highly valued on the street."

Cash was also seized from the car.

Both Nicholson and Thayer were arrested on possession with intent to deliver charges and are being held on $75,000 bond.

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