Traffic citation leads police to meth labs

NEW CUMBERLAND – A police stop for a common traffic citation Friday led to the arrest of five individuals for involvement in producing methamphetamines.

New Cumberland Police Chief Les Skinner confirmed charges of possession of drug paraphernalia or manufacturing methanphetamines are pending against four New Cumberland residents and one Chester resident following the discovery of meth labs in homes in each community Friday night.

A sixth individual, from Chester, is expected to be charged with fugitive from justice, he said.

Skiner said the investigation began when a New Cumberland police officer observed a driver traveling on state Route 2 without a seat belt. The police chief said his department has received a state grant to provide additional patrols while encouraging safety belt use.

Skinner said the officer noticed the odor of marijuana from the vehicle and in the search that followed, equipment for making methamphetamines was found in the trunk.

He said information gained through the arrest led to search warrants being issued for the other individuals, whose names will be released in the near future.

Skinner said several area law enforcement agencies, including the Weirton-Brooke-Hancock Drug Task Force, were involved in the investigation.