Three Arrested For Meth Monday in NM
A search warrant served at 729 Maple Avenue, New Martinsville, Monday night resulted in the discovery of a working meth lab and the arrest of Arin Kyle Grimm, 20.
New Martinsville Police Chief Tim Cecil stated that law enforcement discovered the lab in Grimm’s bedroom. “He had just finished cooking,” Cecil noted, adding that ingredients of the lab discovered included chemicals, Sudafed, and lithium batteries.
Cecil stated that three individuals were handcuffed in the living room when they first entered the home. They were then taken outside and separated while the West Virginia State Police processed the scene. The New Martinsville Volunteer Fire Department and Wetzel County Emergency Management Services were called to the scene for standby “in case something happened,” said Cecil.
The chief stated that Grimm was the only individual arrested and he was charged with operating a clandestine meth lab. Cecil added that there was a controlled buy at the home Monday prior to obtaining the search warrant.
Cecil, along with Jason Utt, Michael Owens, Friend Estep, and Donnie Harris, all of the NMPD, responded to the situation. Cecil said the matter is still under investigation.
The residence is currently boarded up and taped off while the scene is cleaned. Not giving an estimate of time for that, Cecil simply noted, “It takes a while.” He continued, they will have to test the house to make sure there are no chemicals present there before it is reopened.
Ironically, prior to serving the search warrant at 729 Maple Avenue, Cecil reported that he spotted Cody Rice, 22, and Forrest Jack Carrol, 24, in a vehicle, participating in what appeared to be a drug deal at New Martinsville’s 7-11. Cecil stated that simultaneously Harris was also pulling into the 7-11, so he instructed Harris to pull Rice over. Deputy Roger Spragg and his K-9, both of the Wetzel County Sheriff’s Office, also backed up NMPD and their K-9. Both dogs, Titus and Ryder, “hit on the vehicle.” Cecil stated that NMPD and WCSO, both of which had officers respond to the call, discovered Claritin-D, along with what appeared to be methamphetamine packaged and ready for sale. Rice and Carrol were both placed under arrest for possession precursors to methamphetamine.
“It was a great team effort from all departments involved,” Cecil stated of Monday’s drug-related arrests.
All three men are being held in the Northern Regional Jail without bond.