EAST DAILEY - A couple is being held in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail, each on a $50,000 cash-only bond, after being arrested on meth-related drug charges.
Holly Lynn Galenis, 34, and Willard M. Lobb Jr., 33, were charged with operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab after being arrested Friday. They were arraigned by Randolph County Magistrate Rob Elbon on Saturday morning.
The arrest of the couple came after Deputy M.P. Dyer and a Child Protective Services worker conducted an interview with a child, police said. According to the criminal complaint, the child provided the information that allowed Dyer to obtain a search warrant for the couple's residence on Rural Route 1 in East Dailey.
Dyer said that he was assisted by Cpl. B.D. Tice of the Elkins Police Department, who is a certified clandestine meth lab technician.
Dyer wrote in the complaint that "a search of the interior of the residence revealed several precursors to manufacture methamphetamine which included but was not limited to lithium batteries, coffee filters, pipe cutters, pliers, clear plastic tubing, iodized salt, Coleman camp fuel, fast dry paint thinner, Liquid Fire, drain opener, ice pack, lye, Mason jars, Gatorade bottles, an several other items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine." The items were located in a blue wooden cabinet in a utility room in the back of the residence.
Police also found "handwritten instructions on the manufacturing of methamphetamine," according to the criminal complaint.
Dyer said some of the materials were destroyed by police and others were taken to the West Virginia State Crime Lab for further testing.
According to the criminal complaint, an NPLEX search revealed purchases of pseudoephedrine by the couple between Jan. 2, 2014 and
Feb. 21, 2014.
Randolph County Sheriff Mark Brady told The Inter-Mountain on Friday two children under the age of 15 in the home were taken into CPS care. He said dogs were also removed by the Randolph County dog warden.
"The Randolph County Sheriff's Office will continue to seek out individuals who endanger children and our communities by distributing drugs," Brady said Friday.
"We will continue to investigate any and all information given to us by the public."
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