The Mon Valley Drug Task Force has arrested a White Avenue couple on methamphetamine laboratory charges after seizing 60 drug labs from his house.
Agents of the Mon Valley Drug Task Force arrested Gary Rayfield Shrout, 41, and his wife Sarah Shrout, 40, and charged them each with meth related charges. Gary Shrout is charges with one count of operating a clandestine laboratory, one count of child endangerment, exposure of a child to the manufacture of meth, and one count of child endangerment. Sarah Shrout is charged with one count of exposing a child to the manufacture of meth and child neglect. The Shrout's are accused of keeping their child present at the house, where meth labs were located and allowed the child to be exposed to the manufacturing of meth.
Morgantown's Code Enforcement Office condemned 501 White Avenue as a result of the dangerous chemical contamination in the building. The Red Cross is working to relocate and temporarily house 13 adults and 5 children who were living in the building. Chief Preston said there are 9 apartments in the building, although not all were occupied.
The Department of Health and Human Resources and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has been contacted to take custody and remove the hazardous materials. The Morgantown Fire Department also assisted in the seizure of the drug labs.
Shrout is being held in North Central Regional Jail on $25,000 bail.