KERMIT – Four were arrested for an alleged methamphetamine laboratory discovered in the Kermit area of Mingo County Wednesday evening.
John Newsome, Andy Messer, Ashley Williams and Denise Meade were taken into custody in connection with the alleged methamphetamine laboratory. Each are listed as pre- trial felons at the Southwestern Regional Jail located in Holden W.Va. and each have a cash only bail amount set at $20,000.
According to Cpl. E Williams with the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department, officers had visited the residence of John Newsome to serve a child support enforcement order.
At that time, Williams allegedly noticed four individuals in or around a parked vehicle with all the doors open.
The officer approached the vehicle and discovered what appeared to be an active methamphetamine laboratory.
After securing the scene, a West Virginia State Police Bureau Criminal Investigation (BCI) Methamphetamine Laboratory Technician was contacted to confirm the lab and process the scene. “Chief Chambers with the Kermit Police Department helped secure the scene and the Williamson Detachment of the West Virginia State Police assisted. It was a team effort,” Williams stated.
Williams urged anyone with any tips concerning possible drug activity to contact the Mingo County Sheriff’s Office. Williams explained that these tips are invaluable to law enforcement in combating the current rise in methamphetamine laboratory drug activity in the Kermit area.
The Mingo County Sheriff’s Office can be contacted by calling 304-235-0300 or by the sheriff’s office Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Mingo.County.Sheriffs.Office/.
Courtney Harrison is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.