State Police crack down on meth labs - Beckley, Bluefield & Lewisburg News, Weather, Sports

State Police crack down on meth labs

Posted: Updated:
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • UPDATE: Power Restored to Over 400 in Raleigh County

    UPDATE: Power Restored to Over 400 in Raleigh County

    Monday, September 1 2014 12:33 PM EDT2014-09-01 16:33:12 GMT
    Emergency crews are responding to a downed tree on the 300 block of Stovall Road in Glen Morgan Monday (9/1) morning.
    Emergency crews are responding to a downed tree on the 300 block of Stovall Road in Glen Morgan Monday (9/1) morning.
  • Update: Names Released in Deadly Crash in McDowell County

    Update: Names Released in Deadly Crash in McDowell County

    Monday, September 1 2014 11:54 AM EDT2014-09-01 15:54:18 GMT
    Fatal Car Accident in McDowell CountyFatal Car Accident in McDowell County
    Two people were killed in a car crash Sunday, August 31. Troopers at the Princeton detachment of the West Virginia State Police said three people were traveling from Cheers in Princeton back home to Northfork when they crashed on Route 52 near Switchback. One man and one woman were killed and one man was sent to Bluefield Medical Center. Troopers told us in a statement made by the survivor, the man said the driver was drunk and driving too fast on wet roads when they lost control of the car.T...
    Two people were killed in a car crash Sunday, August 31. Troopers at the Princeton detachment of the West Virginia State Police said three people were traveling from Cheers in Princeton back home to Northfork when they crashed on Route 52 near Switchback. One man and one woman were killed and one man was sent to Bluefield Medical Center. Troopers told us in a statement made by the survivor, the man said the driver was drunk and driving too fast on wet roads when they lost control of the car.T...
  • Update: New Information Released in Raleigh County Murder Investigation

    Update: New Information Released in Raleigh County Murder Investigation

    Monday, September 1 2014 11:48 AM EDT2014-09-01 15:48:36 GMT
    Joe Collins is arrested on murder chargesJoe Collins is arrested on murder charges
    The Raleigh County Sheriffs Office made an arrest Sunday after a man was murdered in Glen White.Joe Collins was arrested and is being charged with 1st degree murder for the shooting and killing of Larry Totten.The incident occurred Sunday morning at Mr. Tottens residence.
    The Raleigh County Sheriffs Office made an arrest Sunday after a man was murdered in Glen White.Joe Collins was arrested and is being charged with 1st degree murder for the shooting and killing of Larry Totten.The incident occurred Sunday morning at Mr. Tottens residence.
MEADOW BRIDGE -

West Virginia State Police said since the end of October in Greenbrier, Summers, Fayette and Raleigh counties 9 meth labs were busted and 3 abandoned dump sites were found.

That lead to the arrests of 18 people.  Those people are facing a total of almost 50 felony charges in connection to their meth labs.

Here's a list of all people facing charges.

A home on Cow Town Road in Meadow Bridge has been condemned because of how contaminated it's become.  State Troopers said a lot of their tips come from these people's neighbors who see the meth ingredients outside their homes.

"They are using 20oz bottles or 1 liter bottles and they have a rock like white substance inside, they'll have Coleman fuel cans just laying out in the front yard," said Trooper Lee Price.

Troopers said meth labs are one of the hardest things to crack down on because of how dangerous they are.  Not just any law enforcement officer can enter one of these homes - they have to be specially trained to deal with these explosive materials.

People in Meadow Bridge said they are pleased that the police are here and trying to get rid of these meth labs, especially ones that have contaminants just laying around in the front yard.

Troopers said they are trying to get the message out to the public that without your help, some of these places may never get busted.

"More and more people are understanding this is what a meth lab is this is what I need to look for, if I see this or smell this I need to contact law enforcement," said Trooper Mike Baylous.

People in Meadow Bridge said the problem has gotten so bad, even their local grocery stores lock up certain ingredients needed to make meth.