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Fayette County Sheriff's deputies arrested two residents after catching them making Meth Tuesday night in the Sewell Mountain Area.

Specially trained officers and firemen were at the scene for nearly 5 hours before the lab was rendered safe and inoperative and the toxic chemicals were removed.

The discovery was made after following up on a tip of an operating meth lab at a home on Route 60 just West of Rainelle. Around 8:30 Tuesday night officers arrived at the single-wide mobile home. When they got inside, deputies say Dennis Brooks, Jr. and Shannon Phillips jumped out of a window.

Investigators told 59News the suspects were actually making meth at the time.

Officers also discovered a young child inside the mobile home with Brooks, Jr. and Phillips. Child Protective Services were called to the child. Neighbors and area residents weighed in on what it means to know this was going on so close to them and their families.

"It's really scary. I have two younger brothers and sisters and with them going to school around here and running around, it's scary, but now a days it's not a surprise," neighbor Chandra Church said.

"It's horrible and there's so many of them around, people are getting killed. I have a grandson on that stuff too so I know what it's like," area resident Paul Blankenship told us.

Brooks, Jr. and Phillips were charged with operating a clandestine drug laboratory and child endangerment.

Their bond has been set at $20,000 each. They were transported to the Southern Regional Jail.

The discovery of this meth lab resulted from a tip by the public. Sheriff Steve Kessler told 59News "We follow up on every tip that we receive. The eyes and ears of the public are our best sources of information."

If you have any information concerning drug activity in Fayette County, you're urged to call the Fayette County Sheriff's Office at (304 574-4216 or call in an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers at (304) 255-7867. This case is still under investigation by officers from the Central West Virginia Drug Task Force and the Fayette County Sheriff's Office.

 

 

 


 

 

 

Update: Dennis Brooks, Jr. and Shannon Phillips both of Sewell Mountain were taken into custody and charged with operating a clandestine drug lab with child endangerment.

They're currently being held in Southern Regional Jail.

This incident remains under investigation by both the Central West Virginia Task Force and the Fayette County Sheriff's Office.

 

Members of the Fayette County Sheriff's Office and the Central West Virginia Task Force busted a clandestine Meth Lab Tuesday night in the Sewell Mountain Area.

The discovery was made after following up on a tip of an operating meth lab at a residence on U.S. Route 60 just East of Rainelle.

The suspects were actively engaged in the process of manufacturing meth at the time the lab was discovered according to Captain Sizemore with the Fayette County Sheriff's Department.

Fire department personnel and specially-trained clandestine lab technicians were on the scene.

Stick with 59 News on-air and online as new details become available.