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WV State Troopers Bust Meth Lab For Second Time

Reported by: Send eMail Chris Williams
Reported: Jun. 17, 2014 6:27 PM EDT
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Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia

West Virginia State Troopers busted a meth lab in Charleston for the second time. 7 people were inside the home when police showed up.

"I can speak for myself, I had done crystal meth," said one woman who was inside the home when police showed up Tuesday afternoon.

The woman said 3 people lived in the home a couple days a week, but 4 or 5 others came from time to time, and drug usage was prevalent.

"Pretty much everyone that was in the house," the woman added.

About a year ago, state troopers shut down two meth labs here, and condemned the property, but say these people came back anyway. Troopers said it's a good location because it can't be seen from the road, and it’s on top of a hill.

"It's very dirty, you can tell where they've made the meth here in the past," said West Virginia State Trooper Christopher Boner

Troopers said they found two baggies of meth, and a rifle inside the home. The woman said she knew what she was doing was illegal, but said her view of right and wrong is skewed because of a life of drugs.

"I started smoking pot when I was 12. I was allowed to, my mom allowed me to smoke pot and drink, so it was never like drugs are bad," added the woman.

She said she has been to rehab once before for heroin, but the addiction is too strong for her to overcome.

"I would love to just live a life sober actually. I don't even know what that’s like," the woman inside the home added.
Two men were charged into today's bust. One of them, Luther Marcum, is a convicted felon. Troopers said he’s being charged with possession of a firearm, and controlled substance. The other, Clayton Hackney is charged with lying to police, and trespassing.



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