Two individuals were arrested and another was taken into custody after allegedly exposing children to the manufacture of methamphetamine Tuesday after police discovered a mobile methamphetamine in a van along U.S. Route 151 in Norton.
Officers with the Elkins detachment of the West Virginia State Police arrested Gary Loy, 39, of Belington and Tonya Warner, 29, of Elkins in the parking lot in front of Bob's Hotdogs shortly after 2 p.m., according to a state police press release.
According to the release, at approximately 2:10 p.m., Trooper First Class G.S. Deweese located a white van in the Norton area containing Loy and Warner, who reportedly have outstanding and/or current arrest warrants in Randolph and/or Barbour counties.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Anthony Gaynor
A West Virginia State Police Trooper and a Randolph County Sheriff’s Deputy watch over two individuals taken into custody after authorities allegedly found a working methamphetamine lab in the back of a white van on Tuesday. Tonya Warner, right, was charged with fleeing in a vehicle, accessory before/after the fact and two counts of exposure of children to methamphetamine. Police did not release the name of the white male also sitting on the curb in handcuffs.
During their investigation, police discovered a mobile methamphetamine lab in the van - in addition to two minor children, who they determined to have been exposed to the manufacture of methamphetamine.
Loy was arrested after an alleged brief altercation with Deweese. Warner also allegedly resisted arrest and fled the scene. Officers located her soon after and took her into custody, according to the release.
Inter-Mountain reporters also observed officers take a third white male wearing a tank top and jean shorts into custody, but police have not released the identity of the white male and no charges were listed in the press release.
Police charged Loy with operating a clandestine laboratory, two counts of exposure of children to methamphetamine manufacturing and unlawful assault on an official.
Warner is being charged with being an accessory before/after the fact to two counts of exposure of children to methamphetamine manufacturing and fleeing in a vehicle.
Randolph County Sheriff's Department members responded to assist, along with personnel with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Child Protective Services and the Randolph County Emergency Squad.
The status of the investigation is ongoing, according to state police.