Parkersburg men arrested during drug raid

PARKERSBURG – Two Parkersburg men were arrested Friday in connection with a suspected methamphetamine lab at a Virginia Street home.

Authorities arrested Edward Leon Davis, 30, of 912 Virginia Ave., Parkersburg, and Dustin Leone Keel, 30, of 1111 1/2 Latrobe St. Parkersburg, said Lt. Greg Collins, coordinator with the Parkersburg Violent Crime and Narcotics Task Force (PNTF).

Davis was arrested on a felony charge of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory. Keel was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of obstructing after allgedly lying to officers about his identity during the investigation.

Both subjects were checked by emergency medical services and decontaminated by the Parkersburg Fire Department before being transferred to police headquarters.

Both were arraigned Saturday in Wood County Magistrate Court. Bond for Davis on the felony charge was set at $65,000 and he was transported to the North Central Regional Jail after failing to post bond. Keel was released on $1,000 bond on his misdemeanor count.

The incident began shortly before midnight Friday when patrol officers with the Parkersburg Police Department received information of a possible meth lab at 912 Virginia Ave., Collins said.

Officers responded to that location and received permission from the homeowner to enter and check the residence. While performing the safety check of the home, officers observed numerous items commonly used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine located in a portion of the home, Collins said.

The PNTF was contacted with agents and Parkersburg detectives responding to the scene to investigate further. Following the issuance of a search warrant, officers processed the scene for evidence and removed numerous hazardous chemicals from the home, Collins said.

A quantity of suspected methamphetamine and a vast quantity of methamphetamine production items were discovered, he said. Officers cleared the scene at approximately 5:30 a.m. Saturday.

Two children, ages 6 and 10, were inside the home at the time of the search. Both were released to family members. Referrals were made to Child Protective Services for follow-up investigation, Collins said.

The homeowner was not charged and no charges are expected to be filed against her, Collins said.