PRINCETON — A new bond was set Tuesday for a Raleigh County woman facing charges of operating a clandestine drug laboratory and child endangerment.
Lois Wamsley, 24, of Raleigh County appeared for a bond hearing before Circuit Court Judge William Sadler. A $5,000 surety bond was set, and her mother must sign for it, according to information with the Mercer County Circuit Clerk’s Office. Wamsley would be allowed to stay with her mother in Raleigh County, but she would be on home confinement.
A plea hearing was scheduled for Sept. 8, according to court records.
Wamsley was arrested July 28 along with Joseph Mehalick, 26, also of Raleigh County after an anonymous tip led the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department and state Child Protective Services to a single-wide home along Low Gap Road near Princeton.
Both Wamsley and Mehalick were arrested and charged with operating a clandestine drug lab and child endangerment after a search uncovered methamphetamine and meth being made in plastic bottles with the method known as “shake and bake,” Deputy J.D. Gills said when the arrests were made.
Two small children were taken into custody by CPS. Due to the chemicals present in the home, the Princeton Fire Department and East River Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched to the scene.
Mehalick pleaded guilty Aug. 20 to one charge of operating a clandestine drug lab and one charge of exposing children to meth manufacture. He faces two to 10 years on the drug lab charge and one to five years for exposing children to meth manufacturing.