Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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February 16, 2013

Mercer County: Police nab 2 on meth charges

PRINCETON — Indictments coming from the February session of the Mercer County Grand Jury include two indictments focused on alleged meth lab materials found in the back of a car.

Jeannie Clemons, 31, no address available, and Kayla Campbell, age and address unavailable, are co-defendants in the case, said Mercer County Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ash.

Clemons was indicted on charges of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory; forgery of a public record; uttering a public record; and conspiracy. Campbell was also indicted on operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory and conspiracy.

Both Clemons and Campbell are now incarcerated at the Southern Regional Jail in Beaver.

“The evidence has to do with the operation of a meth lab,” Ash said.

The material allegedly found in the vehicle Clemons and Campbell were using included the precursor chemicals used with the intention to make methamphetamine.

Methamphetamine is sometimes made at laboratories hidden in homes and other structures. In the Mercer County case, the technique allegedly used is called “shake and bake,” said Ash, who added that some meth may have been created in the vehicle.

“I think this might be only the third charge I recall in the county,” Ash replied when asked about the prevalence of meth labs in Mercer County. “I think two of them were in the vehicle.”

Law enforcement agencies in other parts of southern West Virginia and across the border in Southwest Virginia have also had to deal with meth labs. In January, deputies with the McDowell County Sheriff’s Department discovered two meth labs.

The controlled substances Tazewell County authorities found during investigations that resulted in 45 arrests during a drug round-up included methamphetamine.

— Contact Greg Jordan at gjordan@bdtonline.com

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