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5 arrested on meth charges in Elkins

December 31, 2012
By Brad Johnson - Managing Editor , The Inter-Mountain

Police arrested five local residents over the weekend for allegedly operating a meth lab in an Elkins home.

Michael Leon Bennington, 31, of Buckhannon, Brian Keith Hammer, 51, of Elkins, Angela Faye Miller, 44, of Elkins, Phillip Ander Moyers, 28, of Elkins, and Barbara Ann Spiva, 47, of Elkins were each charged with operating or attempting to operate a clandestine lab and with manufacturing or delivery of a controlled substance.

They were incarcerated in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail as of presstime. Bond for each was set at $50,000.

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Trooper M.J. Wilson of the Elkins detachment of the West Virginia State Police and Deputy B.L. Vanmeter of the Randolph County Sheriff's Department went to 462 Wilson Street Friday in reference to an arrest warrant service, according to a release from the state police.

Police saw "materials consistent in the production of methamphetamine" when they entered the house, the release stated.

On Dec. 11, in federal court in Elkins, Hammer entered a guilty plea to one felony count of possession of pseudoephedrine to be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

In exchange for the plea, other charges against Hammer were dropped, including one felony count of possession of material used in the manufacture of methamphetamine and one felony count of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.



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