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Jackson Newspapers - Ripley, WV
  • Three face meth charges after traffic stops

  • Three county residents face meth charges following traffic stops Friday afternoon.

    Charged with operating or attempting to operate a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory are Michael Wayne Phillips, Jr., 28, of Cottageville; and Regina A. Tanner, 33, and Melissa D. Reece, 30, both of Ripley.
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  • Three county residents face meth charges following traffic stops Friday afternoon.
    Charged with operating or attempting to operate a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory are Michael Wayne Phillips, Jr., 28, of Cottageville; and Regina A. Tanner, 33, and Melissa D. Reece, 30, both of Ripley.
    On Friday at around 3 p.m., Jackson County Sheriff’s Detective Ross Mellinger received information about three suspicious individuals purchasing pseudoephedrine-based products at both Wal-mart and Rite Aid In Ripley. The individuals were identified as traveling in a black and pink Chevy Carmaro,
    Additional information revealed that the Camarao pulled behind Wal-Mart and purchased items were transferred into a red Ford truck. Both vehicles left the scene together.
    The Camaro was determined to be displaying two different registration tags—one from West Virginia and one from Alabama. The registration tag on the Ford truck was additionally discovered to be not valid in West Virginia.
    Mellinger and Lt. C.C. Metz of the Sheriff’s Department coordinated traffic stops on the two suspect vehicles on West Main Street.
    After obtaining permission to search the vehicles, the officers found a variety of items used to manufacture methamphetamine by charges following traffic stops Friday afternoon.
    Charged with operating or attempting to operate a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory are Michael Wayne Phillips, Jr., 28, of Cottageville; and Regina A. Tanner, 33, and Melissa D. Reece, 30, both of Ripley.
    On Friday at around 3 p.m., Jackson County Sheriff’s Detective Ross Mellinger received information about three suspicious individuals purchasing pseudoephedrine-based products at both Wal-mart and Rite Aid In Ripley. The individuals were identified as traveling in a black and pink Chevy Carmaro,
    Additional information revealed that the Camarao pulled behind Wal-Mart and purchased items were transferred into a red Ford truck. Both vehicles left the scene together.
    The Camaro was determined to be displaying two different registration tags—one from West Virginia and one from Alabama. The registration tag on the Ford truck was additionally discovered to be not valid in West Virginia.
    Mellinger and Lt. C.C. Metz of the Sheriff’s Department coordinated traffic stops on the two suspect vehicles on West Main Street.
    After obtaining permission to search the vehicles, the officers found a variety of items used to manufacture methamphetamine.

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