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Cedar Grove Couple Arrested After Trooper Reports Finding Meth-Related Items

Reported: May. 7, 2014 9:50 AM EDT
Updated: May. 7, 2014 10:03 AM EDT
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CEDAR GROVE, W.Va. (Jeff Morris) – State Police said a couple was arrested after a trooper discovered items used to manufacture methamphetamine at their residence in Cedar Grove.

Rondale Gene Adkins, 37, and Christina Ann Mollett, 37, face charges after a trooper said he was on routine patrol Tuesday in Cedar Grove and noticed the strong odor of meth coming from a residence on Morris Street, according to criminal complaints filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.

The officer said he first noticed a male in the yard wearing denim shorts and a light blue shirt. The complaint said Mollett answered the door and said that she and her daughter and her two juvenile children were the only people at the residence. As the officer searched the residence, Mollett then said Adkins, her husband, was in the shower and has been in there for 30 to 90 minutes, the complaint said. The officer said he found clothes in the laundry room matching what the man he saw in the yard was wearing.

In the attic, the trooper said he discovered a small Tupperware box set up as a work station and numerous coffee filters containing an off-white stain that had been squeezed and previously used to manufacture meth. The trooper said he also found a soda bottle in the yard containing a white substance with a rubber hose connected to the top, acting as a makeshift gas generator, numerous empty instant cold packs and more coffee filters.

Adkins is charged with attempting to operate a clandestine lab, purchase pseudoephedrine to make meth, exposure of children to meth and conspiracy to manufacture meth. Mollett is charged with conspiracy to manufacture meth.

Both were taken Quincy State Police detachment for processing and then were transported to the South Central Regional Jail.



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