Police say grandmother made meth around children
Authorities say a Putnam County grandmother, her boyfriend and another woman were making meth around small children.
Troopers went to Lockview Mobile Home Park near Winfield about 12:40 a.m. Tuesday with a search warrant for Jonda Grandoni's home.
A 17-year-old boy met them at the door and allowed them inside. They found Kira Harrold, Jennifer Serls and her two children, aged 2 and 6, according to a complaint filed in Putnam County.
While searching the home, troopers saw Harrold, 23, of Poca, hiding items in the couch cushions. The search revealed multiple items used to make meth, including butane torches, rubber tubing and muriatic acid. They also found glass smoking devices containing meth. Troopers found a new bottle of hydrogen peroxide and an electric hot plate hidden in a broken dishwasher.
Troopers arrested Grandoni, 49, when she returned to the home with her boyfriend, Dale Burford, 66, of Poca. Harrold also was arrested. Serls took her children to Charleston Area Medical Center's Teays Valley Hospital to be evaluated.
Serls, who has not been charged, told troopers she and her children have been living with her mother, Grandoni, since December. She said she was addicted to meth and had seen her mother use and sell the drug.
Officers caught Grandoni trying to dump 10 plastic bags of meth and a glass pipe in the trash can at the Winfield detachment, according to the complaint. She told the troopers she had hidden the items in her undergarments.
Grandoni told troopers she had been hooked on meth for more than 20 years. She said she sells the drug to her close friends and had sold it to Harrold several times. She told troopers associates used the items found in her home to make meth and she would get a portion of the finished product.
She said that although her grandchildren were in the home, they weren't in any danger because she kept the drugs away from them.
Harrold was charged with conspiracy, attempting to operate a meth lab and possession of meth with intent to deliver. Burford was charged with conspiracy, attempting to operate a meth lab and three counts of exposing children to meth.
Grandoni was charged with conspiracy, purchasing precursors, attempting to operate a meth lab, possession of meth with intent to deliver, possession of pseudoephedrine in an altered state, three counts of exposing children to meth and possession of prescription drugs.
The three are being held at Western Regional Jail, each on $150,000 bond.