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Three accused of making methamphetamine in NItro

NITRO, W.Va. -- Three people were arrested Thursday after police allegedly discovered a methamphetamine lab at a home in Nitro.

Nitro police went to a home on Escoe Drive on Thursday after getting an anonymous tip about drug activity at the house, according to Maj. Dave Richardson, Nitro's deputy police chief.

Officers went to the house and knocked on the door, but no one answered, Richardson said. They thought they smelled the signs of meth production, so called in officers from the Metro Drug Unit and got a search warrant, he said.

Officers found three people hiding inside the house. Joshua Landers, 29, of Nitro; Thomas Newcomer, 28, of South Charleston and Marlene Gilliam, 29, of St. Albans were all arrested and charged with operating and attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab, Richardson said.

All three were being held at the South Central Regional Jail on Friday, with bail set at $7,500 each.

Richardson also said an arrest warrant had been issued for Mark Weaver, who lives at the house.


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