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Second arrest made after Malden meth lab found

By From staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A second arrest has been made in connection with a meth lab set up in a home in Malden, authorities said today.

Deputies R.D. Meadows and M.D. Dickerson arrested James A. Triplett at an apartment on George's Creek Drive near Malden about 10 a.m. Friday, said Cpl. B.D. Humphreys of the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office.

Triplett, 26, was arrested on several outstanding felony warrants related to the manufacturing of methamphetamine, Humphreys said.

He was taken to South Central Regional Jail with bond set at $25,000.

Chelsey Hancock, 22, was arrested last Thursday after deputies discovered she and her boyfriend were making meth in the bedroom of a home at 649 Hawes Drive in Malden with her 4-month-old child in the house. She was arrested on charges of conspiracy to operate a clandestine drub lab, exposure of meth to children, and child neglect with risk of injury. Her baby was released to family members. Triplett had fled the scene when officers arrived. Hancock is being kept in South Central Regional Jail with bond set at $75,000, according to the jail website.


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