Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 28, 2014

‘Shake-and-bake’ meth lab found in Princeton

Police arrest four, take hazmat precautions to clear scene

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Four people were arrested Friday after authorities discovered a “shake-and-bake” meth lab on the back porch of an apartment in Princeton.

Det. B.E. Grimm, with the Princeton Police Department, said Patrick Jenkins, 35, was arrested and charged with operating a clandestine methamphetamine lab.

Jack Goode, 44, of Princeton, was arrested on a warrant out of Tazewell County for failure to appear. Beverly Podmajerski, 42, of Spanishburg, was arrested on a warrant out of Bluefield for failure to appear. Her daughter, Carolyn Podmajerski, 24, of Princeton, was also arrested on a warrant out of Tazewell County for failure to appear.

A fifth person was detained at the police station for questioning, Grimm said. Jenkins was taken to Princeton Community Hospital after he told officers he felt ill from a previous overdose.

The arrests occurred after the Princeton Police Department received an anonymous tip about suspicious drug activity at the Ingleside Road residence on Friday morning.

“We saw items being loaded into the back of a vehicle,” Grimm said. “We made a traffic stop and an arrest was made. There were items we could see that are used for a mobile meth lab. Search warrants were also issued.”

At the home, an initial walk through revealed other drug-related items used to cook meth, including pseudoephenamine. A hazmat team secured the residence, which is a brick home split into two apartments.

Grimm said authorities found evidence of a “shake-and-bake” or “one pot” lab on the back porch.

“A small eruption earlier that morning put residue on the neighbor’s car,” Grimm added.

Grimm said no meth was found inside the home during the initial walk through by the hazmat team.

Sgt. T.A. Bailey, with the Princeton Police Department, said the suspects made the meth earlier that morning.

“It was already gone,” he said.

The hazmat team also discovered a pit bull in the home and were attempting to remove the animal on Friday afternoon.

Grimm said authorities plan to complete a thorough search of the home.

The arrests were part of ongoing investigation. “We have been sitting on this house for about three weeks,” Grimm said.

Local business owners and neighbors alerted the Princeton Police Department about suspicious activity in the area prior to the investigation.

A portion of Ingleside Road was closed all day Friday as crews worked at the scene. The Princeton Fire Department, Princeton Rescue Squad and the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department assisted the Princeton Police Department.

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