Three arrested on felony drug charges
PARKERSBURG – Three Parkersburg residents were arrested on drug charges at a residence on Lantana Lane in Parkersburg around 6:45 p.m. Sunday, police said.
Two of the three people arrested had previous felony warrants and were additionally arrested on drug charges, police said.
Homeowner Ronald Blair McMillan, 59, 49 Lantana Lane, Parkersburg, was arrested on charges of felony operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab. He was arraigned and failed to post a $125,000 bond.
Tonda Denean Warner, 49, 49 Lantana Lane, Parkersburg, was arrested on outstanding felony warrants for two counts of forgery and two counts of uttering. She was also charged with felony operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab. She was arraigned and failed to post a $140,000 bond.
Kendra Renee Pryor, 19, 3209 Alameda Court, Parkersburg, was arrested on a previous outstanding felony warrant for operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab. She was also charged with felony operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab in relationship to the meth lab found Sunday. She was arraigned and failed to post a $200,000 bond.
All three were transported to the North Central Regional Jail.
An operation involving the Parkersburg Police Department, West Virginia State Police, Wood County Sheriff’s Office and Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force led to the three arrests after police executed a search warrant at 49 Lantana Lane in south Parkersburg. The search warrant was obtained by Trooper C.S. Jackson with the state police, officials said.
“We continue to work together sharing information and making as many arrests as we can,” Sgt. Greg Collins with the Parkersburg Police Department said of the law enforcement agencies. “For us, it’s all about taking action as soon as possible after receiving information in an effort to try to eliminate the problems we’re having.”
At the time the search warrant was issued, officers discovered two people inside the home to have active felony warrants and further inspection of the house led police to a meth lab in a bedroom of the residence, officials said.
Remnants of another meth lab were discovered during a search of an outbuilding on the property, police said.
On July 11, police discovered an active meth lab inside the same house. The drug bust last summer led to five people being arrested, all on drug charges. The same group of law enforcement agencies made the summer arrests.
Investigators spent several hours Sunday night processing evidence at the house and cleaning up the hazardous materials, police said.
Collins said the unit, comprised of city, county and state agencies, plans to come up with an official agreement in the near future.
“The unit has been so successful there are plans being made to formalize it,” Collins said of the law enforcement task force.