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3 Arrested In Taylor County Meth Bust, More Arrests Pending

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GRAFTON -

The Tygart Valley Drug and Violent Crime Unit was called to the Briarcliff Apartment complex on Saturday for reports of a meth lab.

Grafton Police Chief, Robert Beltner, said eight apartments in two buildings were sectioned off and tenants were forced to evacuate.

Chief Beltner said seven apartments were occupied at the time and one was closed for remodeling.

The unit executed a search warrant and found a meth lab in one of the adjoining apartments.

Louis Arbogast, April Simpson, and Timothy Simpson were all taken into custody.

Chief Beltner said the evacuation was necessary due to the common attic that is shared by the apartments.

One member of the Tygart Valley Drug and Violent Crime Unit was taken to the hospital after receiving direct exposure to methamphetamine fumes. He received no serious injuries, according to Chief Beltner.

The West Virginia Bureau for Public Health will officially condemn the apartments on a state level. Property owners will then be required to have it tested. Once tests prove the apartments are not contaminated, the bureau will remove the restriction and allow the tenants to return.

Arbogast and Timothy Simpson were charged with possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance.

Chief Beltner said Arbogast admitted to delivering meth to Timothy Simpson to sell.

April Simpson and Timothy Simpson both admitted they had made purchases of Claritin-D to be use in the manufacturing.

They have both been charged with possession of a substance to be used as a precursor to manufacture of methamphetamine.

Chief Beltner said more arrests are pending and the investigation is ongoing.

The Tygart Valley Drug and Violent Crime Unit is made up of the Grafton Police, Taylor County Sheriff's Department, and Taylor County Prosecuting Attorney, John Bord.