Plea agreement reached in recidivist action

PARKERSBURG – A Mineral Wells woman facing a recidivist trial entered a plea agreement with the state to plead guilty Wednesday in Wood County Circuit Court.

Janice Juanita Neveu, 48, 450 Dawson Ave., Mineral Wells, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, was found guilty of two charges of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory on Jan. 9, 2014. After the conviction the state filed a recidivist, or repeat offender, information. Neveu had been convicted on a charge of conspiracy to commit delivery of a controlled substance on March 23, 2011.

Neveu and a co-defendant were arrested June 14, 2013 on drug charges after police conducted a traffic stop on a 1997 Jeep on the parking lot of a service station in Mineral Wells.

Police said upon surveillance the vehicle was connected to the Dawson Avenue residence. Agents with the Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force and Wood County Sheriff’s Office deputies followed the vehicle where the car was stopped by police.

Investigators located materials associated with the production of meth inside the car, officials said. Agents executed a search warrant at Neveu’s residence and found evidence of drug production, including a reaction vessel, needles, digital scales and other items used in the manufacturing and distribution of meth.

Judge J.D. Beane granted a continuance and a plea hearing will be scheduled at a later date.

In another hearing Jacob Clay Fought, 21, P.O. Box 121, Elizabeth, entered a plea agreement with the state to plead guilty to a bill of information charging him with battery. His sentencing was set for 10:30 a.m. May 12, 2014 before Beane.