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UPDATE: Neighbors react to meth lab bust

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Owen Adkins Courtesy of WVRJA Owen Adkins Courtesy of WVRJA
Jessica Cooper Courtesy of WVRJA Jessica Cooper Courtesy of WVRJA
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RAINELLE -

Neighbors of the meth lab located on Osborne Street in Rainelle said they knew the families that lived in the homes and never thought it could be the site of a clandestine lab.

Lee Partain has lived across the street for more than 50 years and said he never suspected this of his neighbors.

He said, "I did see some high dollar vehicles at the home but they'd do anything for us and we'd do anything for them that's just kind of how it went. It was just a shock I'd never seen anything like it before in my life."

There were also children in the home at the time of the bust.

Partain said, "I never did see them treat them wrong, never. Never suspected nothing, you know just life as usual."

Neighbor Martin Rudd said he can't believe this happened so close to home.

He said, "When you see the task force move in and when you see the display and the neighbors come out I think it's just, it's worrisome."

Partain says there was some suspicious activity at the home, but he still considered them friendly neighbors.

The suspects are facing numerous charges including operation of a clandestine lab, possession of methanphetamines, and child endangerment.

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ORIGINAL STORY:

Four people were arrested in Greenbrier County Sunday.  West Virginia State Police investigators say they found two separate meth labs at a home on Osborne Dr. in Rainelle.  One called a portable lab, the other was a "shaker bottle" lab.

Matthew S. Bennett, 30, James Malcomb, 38, Jessica Cooper, 27, and Owen Adkins were all four picked up.  They have been charged with operation of a clandestine lab, conspiracy to operate a clandestine lab, possession of methamphetamines, and child endangerment.  State troopers say additional charges could be filed at a later time.

Along with law enforcement and firefighters, Child Protective Services responded to the scene because two juveniles were found in the home.  They are currently in CPS custody.

All four suspects remain in the Southern Regional Jail. The case remains under investigation by state troopers and Greenbrier County Sheriff's deputies.