2 Jackson County men face multiple drug charges

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GAY, W.Va. (WSAZ) - Two Jackson County men are facing several drug charges after investigators found a meth lab and explosive device in their home.

Ronnie Lee Price, 45, of Gay, is charged with operating or attempting to operate a clandestine lab, possession with intent to deliver and conspiracy to commit a felony.

Trevor Gage Price, 19, also of Gay, is charged with operating or attempting to operate a clandestine lab, possession with intent to deliver, conspiracy to commit a felony, and illegal possession of destructive devices/explosive material.

A deputy with the Jackson County Sheriff's Department and an officer with the Ripley Police Department executed a search warrant at the home of Ronnie Price on Nov. 29. The home is located on Wyant Walk Road in Gay.

Investigators found what appeared to be materials of a clandestine lab including rock salt, muriatic acid, pseudoephedrine cold medicine, liquid fire, Heet used as a solvent, iodine, road flares and other items. Officers found these items both in the home and a heated outbuilding.

In addition, investigators found a ledger with apparent directions for how to operate a clandestine lab as well as a bottle with white residue inside "which appears to have been a part of the cooking process," the criminal complaint states.

Officers also found a mason jar with an oil substance and filter system. They discovered several small baggies filled with a white crystal substance according to the criminal complaint. They also discovered several glass smoking devices, a set of scales and "several cases of new small baggies that are typically used for narcotic distribution."

While searching Ronnie's bedroom, investigators found the baggies. In Trevor's bedroom, investigators found a jar of what they believe to be crystal meth. Trevor told officers that the white powdery substance "was a non narcotic that is made to appear to be crystal meth," the criminal complaint states.

Investigators kept searching and found a PVC pipe closed on both ends with yellow powder inside. Trevor told the officers that the powder inside came from the road flares and he planned to use it as an explosive device. "Price stated initially that the items that are consistent with a clandestine lab were actually items he was using to make explosive devices."

Finally, investigators found a homemade 12 gauge gun in Trevor's room.

A witness told officers he saw Trevor sell meth to at least six different people at that home. He also said he watched Trevor weigh the meth on a scale - the same scale that investigators found during the search.

Trevor later admitted to trying to operate a clandestine lab, claiming he was peer pressured by the witness to do so. The suspect also admitted that the rest of the items investigators found during the search were for the lab.

"Trevor Price also admitted that he sells meth to people and has done so several times because he needed the money," the criminal complaint states. "Trevor Price admitted that he also made the explosive device located by officers and he planned to take it over the hill and blow it up."

Ronnie Price told officers he was not involved with the lab, but "has provided meth to 'kids' who come to his residence." The complaint continues, "Ronnie Price stated that he will go and purchase meth and then bring it back and give it to 'kids' at his residence." He told investigators that he has baggies so he can equally distribute the meth for people at his home, including his own friends from time to time.

Bond for both men was set at $250,00. They remain in the South Central Regional Jail.