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Two arrested in Fayette County meth bust

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Bobby Sallee Bobby Sallee
Deanna Beck Deanna Beck

NEWS RELEASE FROM FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE:  Two Fayette County residents have been arrested in connection with the alleged manufacture of methamphetamine and the theft of copper utility wire. Sheriff Steve Kessler released the following information concerning these arrests:

At approximately 1:45 pm on Monday, July 20, 2015 notification was received through the Fayette County 911 Center of a suspicious vehicle in the area of the Mount Zion Church on Hawver Road in the Hico area of Fayette County. It was reported that this vehicle was parked behind the church and appeared to be stuck in the mud. It was further reported that there was a large amount of copper wire on the roof of this vehicle and the caller believed that the occupants of the vehicle might be stealing wire from the church.

When Deputies arrived at the scene they found a large amount of copper wire on the roof and hood of the vehicle. Deputies were able to determine that this copper wire had been cut from a broken utility pole at the intersection of Hawver Road and Gwinn Road. The occupants of the vehicle were identified as Deanna Loreda Beck, age 51, of Ansted, and Bobby Lane Salee, age 32, of Ansted, but originally from Cleveland, OH. Both individuals were determined to be under the influence of various controlled substances. Deputies observed various items in the vehicle that were consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine. Subsequent investigation revealed an operating clandestine methamphetamine lab concealed in the front passenger compartment of the vehicle.

“These individuals had apparently stolen copper wire from the broken utility pole, then gotten stuck in the mud behind the church,” said Sheriff Kessler. “They then apparently decided to make good use of their time by beginning to cook a batch of methamphetamine.” “This was potentially a very dangerous situation,” said Sheriff Kessler. “This clandestine methamphetamine lab was in full operation and posed a significant danger of fire or explosion. Officers from the Central West Virginia Drug Task Force responded to the scene to render this clandestine lab safe and to properly collect and dispose of the hazardous chemicals associated with the operation of a clandestine lab.”

Deanna Beck was arrested and charged with Driving Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance, Operation of a Clandestine Methamphetamine Laboratory, Conspiracy to Commit a Felony and Grand Larceny. Bobby Sallee was arrested and charged with Operation of a Clandestine Methamphetamine Laboratory, Conspiracy to Commit a Felony and Grand Larceny. Both subjects are being processed now and will be arraigned in the Magistrate Court of Fayette County shortly. This incident remains under investigation by Sergeant T.N. Mooney and Corporal C.M. Fitzwater of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office.

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