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Smoke In Trash Truck Leads to Discovery of Meth Lab


Update 8:20 9/17/13

Early morning smoke in the back of a sanitation truck leads to the discovery of an active meth lab on Cypress Street.

According to local authorities at 6:30 Tuesday morning Parkersburg Police Officer J.R. Snyder responded to a call from sanitation workers who noticed smoke coming from the back of the trash truck.

They stopped at fire station 4 on West Virginia and Emerson Avenues and called police.

The suspected item contained a plastic bottle with tubing believed to be components of a methamphetamine lab.

After executing a search warrant at the home on Cypress Street four adults and one four-year-old child were located inside the home along with numerous items to manufacture meth.

Era Corder, T.J. Gibson, Gregory Stanley, and Shelly Berry were arrested for a felony for attempting to operate a clandestine meth lab.

"Once they determined that they decontaminated the four adult occupants inside the home and took them to the hospital for medical clearance for incarceration," Martin says. "There was one juvenile in the home at the time we conducted the search."

After being medically cleared they were arraigned at Wood County Magistrate Court.

Bond is set a $200,000 for both Gibson and Corder with Berry's set at $150,000 and Stanley's at $100,000.

All four failed to post bond and will be transported to the North Central Regional Jail.

They all face one to five years in prison.

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Early morning smoke in the back of a sanitation truck led to the discovery of an active meth lab on Cypress Street.

According to Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin, sanitation workers were on their usual route at 6:30 Tuesday morning when they noticed smoke coming from the compact part of the trash truck.

They stopped at Fire Station 4 at West Virginia and Emerson Avenues and called police.

"Once they determined that they decontaminated the four adult occupants inside the home and took them to the hospital for medical clearance for incarceration," Martin says. "There was one juvenile in the home at the time we conducted the search."

He adds that in a case like this they're obligated to contact Child Protective Services -- who are now part of the investigation. As to what happens with the child, it's up to them.

Martin says it's a volatile situation when these chemicals are involved in the process and manufacture of meth.

It's not only very dangerous for those living in the home but the existing neighbors on both sides of the home.

Martin says things could have turned out much worse.


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