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UPDATE: 2 arrested in meth lab bust, deputies overcome by fumes

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Timothy Harrison Stone Timothy Harrison Stone
Donald Martin Simpkins Donald Martin Simpkins
Location of meth lab bust Location of meth lab bust

WAR (WVVA) - Two men were arrested Thursday night when police found an active meth lab inside an abandoned trailer in McDowell County.

Timothy Harrison Stone, 51, and Donald Martin Simpkins, 31, both of War, were arrested and charged with operating a clandestine lab and felony conspiracy after being apprehended by authorities at the trailer.

Authorities were acting on a tip when they discovered the meth lab in the William Pokey Hill area of War.

A member of the Southern West Virginia Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force equipped with special gear to protect them from the hazardous chemicals used in meth-making first entered the trailer, Sheriff Martin West said. 

When it was discovered that two suspects were inside, four sheriff's deputies who were not wearing the proper equipment also entered the home. Those deputies were overcome with the toxic fumes and had to be treated at the scene, West said.

One deputy was later treated at Welch Community Hospital.

A total of nine sheriff's deputies were on scene.

This is the second time Stone has been arrested for operating a meth lab within the year. He was currently out on bond.

This marks the fourth meth bust in McDowell County in 2013. With the epidemic seemingly growing in the county, West said funding for his department to be properly equipped to combat the increase is crucial.

 

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