The mid-Ohio Valley Thursday night had its first methamphetemene raid of the year. In fact, meth labs appear to have disappeared in recent months, but that may not be the case for too much longer.
Thirty-eight-year-old George Headrick of Kanawha County may not be the only person charged in connection with Thursday night's raid. The Wood County grand jury may consider charges against an unidentified female. While many of the reported raids have happened at residences, this one happened at a Mineral Wells motel, but Parkersburg Police Chief Bob Newell says that's really not that unusual.
"It's not uncommon for them to get a motel room, than involve their own residence," Chief Newell points out. "They can usually go undetected and they manufacture and then they leave, and no one knows they've been there, and no one knows that room can be contaminated."
In 2003, the area actually had fewer methanphetemene raids than the year before, thanks to a raid on a Columbus distributor, but Chief Newell says that trend may not continue into 2004.
"After the chemicals disappear," he says, "it's hard to get at it for awhile, but eventually, another source is found. So it's going to be an ongoing problem we have to battle."
Chief Newell points out that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration recently said Parkersburg was one of just two communities in the country that had reduced meth lab trafficking last year.