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Anonymous tips leads to methamphetamine arrests

By From staff reports

An anonymous tip about drug activities garnered some arrests related to methamphetamine, said Dave Richardson, deputy chief of police for the Nitro Police Department.

Officers went to 2 Escoe Drive in Nitro on Thursday when they detected an odor consistent with the manufacturing of meth, Richardson said. When officers knocked nobody came to the door.

The Metro Drug Unit was contacted and responded to complete the investigation.

Officers secured the residence for a search warrant and then located three adults hiding inside.

Individuals arrested and charged with operating or attempting to operate a clandestine meth lab included Joshua Landers, 29, of Nitro, Thomas Newcomer, 28, of South Charleston, and Marlene Gilliam, 29, of St. Albans. All three are lodged in South Central Regional Jail with bond set at $7,500 each. A warrant for the same charges has been issued for resident Mark Weaver.


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