3 Men Behind Bars for Drug Bust

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Three parkersburg men are behind bars this morning after agents busted their drug lab.

Joseph P. Stukey was wanted for purchasing an illegal amount of pseudoephedrine.

Last night a surveillance operation in Parkersburg resulted in agents with the Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force stopping a driver and Jessie J. Adams on the 900 block of Latrobe Street.

Adams was taken into custody without incident on an unrelated warrant.

The driver and known associate of Stukey was questioned but not charged with any crimes.

Then around 8:00 p.m., agents entered a Latrobe Street home finding Stukey and Joshua M. Conger.

Questioning of Stukey and Conger revealed that the manufacturing of meth was currently taking place in the apartment, and that dangerous items were present.

Stukey and Conger were taken into custody without incident.

Agents spent the 2 and a half hours processing evidence and removing items commonly used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine and a DEA certified contractor was called in to assist in the clean-up and removal of the hazardous materials.

Stukey, Conger, and Adams were all charged with one felony count of allegedly operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory.

All three were placed in the Wood County Holding Center where they will await arraignment in Wood County magistrate court this morning.