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Walmart Loss Prevention Leads to Meth Bust

UPDATE 10/14/2013 9:30 AM

Some alert Walmart employees lead authorities to the discovery of a meth lab and four arrests.

Around noon Monday southside Parkersburg Walmart employees noticed suspicious activity by a group of individuals.

The employees also recognized an off-duty Washington County Sheriff's Deputy in the store and notified him.

That's when the Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force responded and located 27-year-old Kenneth Butler, 28-year-old David Lipscomb and 32-year-old Cathy Birt.

After executing a search warrant at Lipscomb and Birt's home on 16th Street numerous items used to make meth were found.

A fourth suspect - Greg Edwards - was also at the home.

All four have been arrested for attempting to operate a meth lab and are being held at the Wood County Holding Center.

Each faces two to ten years in prison.

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Walmart employee's observations lead to four arrests and discovery of a meth lab.

Around noon Southside Parkersburg Walmart employees noticed suspicious activity by a group of individuals.
The employees recognized an off-duty Washington County Sheriff's Deputy in the store and notified him.

The Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force responded

All four have been arrested for attempting to operate a meth lab. They are being held at the Wood County Holding Center.

Each one of them faces two to ten years in prison.

Update: 10/14/13 10:30 ___________________________________________________

An off duty officer was stopped at the Southside Walmart by a prevention loss officer.

The prevention loss officer had noticed suspicious activity. The description of the three individuals involved were given and they were intercepted in the Walmart parking lot.

After obtaining a search warrant, the West Virginia Drug Task Force found evidence of a meth lab at two of the individual's arrested home on 16th street.

More information to come when it becomes available.


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