UPDATE: Two Enter Guilty Pleas to Meth Lab Charges

By: Jeremy Edwards, Allison Herman Email
By: Jeremy Edwards, Allison Herman Email

UPDATE 07/15/10 @ 12:15 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Two men have pleaded guilty to playing a role in operating a meth lab.

Dustin Ratliff and James Bargmann entered their binding guilty pleas Thursday to charges of conspiracy to operate a meth lab.

The state is recommending probation, but because the two entered binding pleas, they could end up going to trial if the judge doesn't agree with probation.

A binding plea offer is when the accused pleads guilty to an agreed charge, and the prosecution agrees to recommend a certain sentence. If the judge does not agree with the sentence, the accused may withdraw their plea and go to trial.

Ratliff and Bargmann admitted to operating a meth lab that was busted near St. Albans in February.

Both are scheduled to be sentenced on September 15.

Drew Holstein and Amy Alford were also arrested and charged with operating a meth lab, however they were not in court Thursday.

Alford is expected to enter a plea next month. Holstein will go to trial in September.

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Four people have been charged after a meth lab was found in an apartment building in Kanawha County.

West Virginia State Police tell WSAZ.com that they received a tip about meth being made in an apartment in the Miracle Acres neighborhood near St. Albans.

This all happened just before 11:00pm Wednesday.

When troopers arrived at the apartment to check out the tip, two people took off, and started throwing items from their pockets.

Officers later caught Amy Alford and Dustin Ratliff, charging them with attempting to operate a meth lab, and fleeing.

Police also arrested James Bargmann and Drew Holstein, charging them with attempting to operate a meth lab.

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