Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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August 21, 2013

Police seek info regarding subject connected to marijuana, moonshine bust

PAYNESVILLE — Officers in McDowell County are still looking for a subject involved in a recent bust of marijuana and moonshine near the West Virginia-Virginia border.

McDowell County Sheriff Martin West said officers are still looking for Lewis Rueben Lester, age unavailable, of Paynesville, the owner of the property where the moonshine still and marijuana was found.  West said warrants have been issued for Lester on four counts of delivery of a controlled substance and one count of conspiracy.

West said Lester’s daughter Melissa Leann Lester, 25, of Paynesville was arrested on the scene where the still and marijuana was discovered. She has been charged with one count of operating a moonshine still, one count of cultivation of marijuana, five counts of delivery of a controlled substance and one county of conspiracy.

Officers uncovered the operational moonshine still and numerous marijuana plants in an area of Bradshaw Mountain near the West Virginia-Virginia state line on Aug. 15. Moonshine was found hidden under hay bales in a barn. A large number of prescription pills were seized from the site as well.

Anyone with information about Lewis Rueben Lester is asked to contact the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office or West Virginia State Police.

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