Four people were arrested in four days by law enforcement in Barbour County for manufacturing methamphetamine, according to a news release from the Barbour County Sheriff's Office.
On May 10, a search warrant was executed at a residence just outside of Belington where a confidential informant purchased meth. According to the news release, two meth labs were found at the residence along with items used to manufacture methamphetamine. A fire arm was also located at the residence.
Reese Heesh, of Belington, was arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine. Other charges are pending; including firearm charges due to the fact the Heesh is a convicted felon. Heesh is currently in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail.
Barbour County Sheriff's deputies, W.Va. State Police Philippi and Buckhannon detachments, the Philippi Police Department and W.Va. Division of Natural Resources all assisted with the search warrant.
On Monday, a Barbour County Sheriff's deputy executed a search warrant at a residence on Mudgut Road after receiving information that meth was being manufactured there, according to the news release.
Randall Coontz, of Belington, was arrested in a barn on the premises for operating or attempting to operate a clandestine lab. According to the news release, Coontz had a bag containing components used to cook meth. Other evidence found on the property indicated that meth has been cooked on the premises. Coontz is currently in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail with bail set at $50,000.
The Barbour County Sheriff's Office, the Philippi Police Department, and W.Va. State Police Philippi and Elkins detachments all assisted in this search warrant.
According to the news release, meth was also found at two additional residences in the Belington area after being checked. At the third residence, James Alan Bennett and Tonya Lynn Bowers were arrested with operating or attempting to operate a clandestine lab. Bennett and Bowers are currently in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail.
According to Sheriff Hawkins, of the Barbour County Sheriff's Office, the four arrests "are the product of law enforcement agencies in the county working together and cooperating to attack this problem".
Anyone suspecting drug activity in their area should report it to local law enforcement.