Burn Pile Investigation Leads to Drug Arrests

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

LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Deputies checking on an illegal burn pile arrested three people on drug charges at home in Holden.

The Logan County Sheriff’s Offices says the three were arrested Wednesday at a home on Fairlawn Street.

Deputies say when they went to the house, they were let in by a woman who answered the door. That woman told deputies the owner was not home.

The deputy then asked if there was anyone else he could speak to about the burn pile. The woman said there was no one else there.

At that point, the deputy said he heard a noise coming from the back part of the house and that the woman appeared to be nervous looking in the direction of the noise. The deputy said the noise then got louder.

With the home not having electricity, the deputy said he chose to investigate the noise due to concerns for his and the woman’s safety. In a bedroom he found Christian Perkins, 24, and his father, Tyrone Perkins, 49, both of Dunbar.

According to the release, the deputies found a clear plastic bag lying on the floor that appeared to contain cocaine base. The two men then told the deputies that the homeowner, Lisa Chippent was hiding in the attic.

After getting a search warrant, Chippent was found hiding in the attic and had to be physically removed after she failed to obey the deputies’ orders to come out. They say they had to spray her with a chemical compound to get her to cooperate.

Deputies said during the search they also found a bag that contained three other bags with approximately 18 grams of crack cocaine and eight clonazepam pills in it.

Both men were arrested for possession of crack cocaine with the intent to deliver and conspiracy to possess crack cocaine with the intent to deliver.

Chippent, 39, was arrested for possession of crack cocaine with the intent to deliver, conspiracy to possess crack cocaine with the intent to deliver, and obstructing.

“Just reporting this possible illegal burn pile lead deputies to these drug arrests. By our Logan County citizens getting involved in what is going in their community is a great help to the Sheriff’s Department on cracking down on drug violations as well as other crimes,” said Sheriff S.M. Porter.

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