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Meth Crackdown Leads to 18 Arrests in Southern W.Va.

BECKLEY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- West Virginia State Police have arrested more than a dozen people in less than a month on meth-related charges.

First Sgt. Michael Baylous and Trooper First Class L.W. Price discussed the arrests during a news conference at the Beckley detachment of the State Police Friday morning.

Baylous said state troopers from Troops 3 and 6 put in extra effort, aside from their normal daily duties to concentrate on meth lab activity.

A total of 18 individuals have been arrested on 47 felony charges since Oct. 26 by Troop 6. Baylous said troopers busted nine meth labs and three abandoned dump sites during that period.

Those arrested are as follows:

In Greenbrier County:

10/26: Matthew Falls, 3 felony charges
11/8: 1 abandoned dump site

In Raleigh County:

10/27: Ronald Roberts, 3 felony charges
10/28: 1 abandoned dump site

In Fayette County:

11/4: Earnest Sorrells, 3 felony charges
11/4: Melinda Gwinn, 3 felony charges
11/4: Ralph Bland, 3 felony charges
11/5: Abraham Ennis, 3 felony charges
11/5: Angelique Ramsey, 2 felony charges
11/5: Ryan Dodd, 3 felony charges
11/5: Emily Murray, 2 felony charges
11/5: Daniel Price, 3 felony charges
11/6: Matthew D. Fox, 2 felony charges
11/13: 1 abandoned dump site
11/13: Matthew D. Fox, 2 felony charges
11/14: Jerry M. Moul, 2 felony charges
11/14: Gerald W. Hunter, 2 felony charges

In Summers County:

11/7: James P. Hunt, 3 felony charges
11/7: Codi S. Bowles, 2 felony charges
11/12: Roger W. Reed, 3 felony charges
11/12: Kandi A. George, 3 felony charges

Baylous said the area's meth problem was not at the 'epidemic' levels of prescription drug abuse, he said the manufacture and use of methamphetamine in the region was a serious concern.


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