Four drug lab suspects appear in court

PARKERSBURG -Four people indicted on charges of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory and conspiracy to operate or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory appeared before Judge Robert Waters Tuesday in Wood County Circuit Court.

One entered a plea agreement and three were set for trial dates.

They include David K. Riel, 43, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail; John Alan Estep, 28, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail; Crystal A. Campbell, 33, 49 Lantana Lane, Parkersburg; and Amber Brooke Husk, 29, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail. They were arrested in July after police executed a search at 49 Lantana Lane.

Riel entered a plea agreement to plead guilty to both counts. He was granted a motion to proceed to sentencing and was sentenced to one to five years in prison to be served concurrently with a sentence for grand larceny in a separate indictment from the May 2013 grand jury. He was denied a motion for probation or alternative sentencing but was granted a motion for placement in a facility for drug treatment.

Estep was granted a motion to continue his trial to the January court term and will face trail with Husk on Jan. 28, 2014. He entered a plea agreement with the state to plead guilty to a grand larceny charge from the September 2013 grand jury. His sentencing in the case was set for 1 p.m. Feb. 20, 2014, before Waters.

Campbell was granted a motion to reduce her bond to $10,000 from $100,000 with the condition of home confinement. Her trail date was continued to Jan. 28, 2014.

Husk was to enter a plea agreement but decided to not accept the plea and will go to trial. Her trial has been continued to Jan. 28, 2014.