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Three charged in Putnam County meth bust

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Three people face drug charges after allegedly cooking methamphetamine in a house with two juveniles.

West Virginia State Police went to a house on Virginia Avenue in Hurricane on Sunday to serve a search warrant and allegedly detected the odor of methamphetamine inside, according to criminal complaints on file in Putnam County Magistrate Court.

According to the criminal complaints, troopers found materials used for making methamphetamine behind a hidden panel under the steps secured by screws. They also found a screw gun hidden in a mattress, electronic scales, chemicals and other materials used for meth-making.

A 17-year-old boy and 15-year-old girl were in the house, the criminal complaints say.

Stephanie Regina Holton, 36, of Culloden; James William Ruby, 32, of Hurricane and David Brian Martin, 42, of Culloden were all arrested and charged with conspiracy, attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab, possession of materials used to make amphetamine and exposing children to the manufacture of methamphetamine, according to the criminal complaints.

Holton, Ruby and Martin were in the Western Regional Jail on Monday in lieu of $100,000 bond each.


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