PARKERSBURG - Two men wanted on warrants were arrested Sunday night at a south Parkersburg motel, authorities said.
Victor Lee Thompson, 35, 906 Tygart St., Parkersburg, and Joseph Dwayne Lemon, 24, 608 Shrewsbury Place, Parkersburg, were taken into custody at the Log Cabin Motel, 1600 Pike St., said Sgt. Greg Collins, a spokesman for the Parkersburg Police Department.
Acting on information obtained by the West Virginia State Police, agents with the Aggressive Crime Enforcement Task Force in Wood County and the Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force commenced surveillance at the motel where around 8:15 p.m. they raided room No. 2 and found the two men, Collins said. They were arrested without incident, he said.
Also arrested during the raid was Ashley Dawn True, 25, 16 Ash Circle, Davisville, who was taken into custody without incident on a charge of misdemeanor obstructing, Collins said.
Thompson was wanted on a felony warrant for operating or attempting to operate a clandestine meth lab, Collins said
A criminal complaint filed on Aug. 30 in Wood County Magistrate Court by the narcotics task force said a search at a vacant residence at 1213 Camden Ave. found vessels, chemicals and other items commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine, Collins said.
Thompson and two other people were observed entering and exiting the residence and going to another vacant residence located across the street, Collins said.
Officers with the Parkersburg Police Department were called shortly after Thompson was observed leaving 1213 Camden Ave., Collins said. Thompson was identified and cited for trespassing and removal of a hazardous location sign.
He was released at that time while the investigation into the meth lab was underway, Collins said.
Lemon had three outstanding warrants for his arrest, felony breaking and entering, for felony grand larceny and a misdemeanor for failing to appear in court, Collins said.
A criminal complaint filed in magistrate court on July 26 by Parkersburg police detective T.A. Davis said on June 14, Lemon was present at 905 Fourth Ave. where he pushed a Chevy truck belonging to the victim away from the front of a utility building, Collins said.
Lemon is accused of entering the utility building and taking two ATV's, a Kawasaki KFX450R and a Yamaha YFZ450, valued at $22,000, Collins said.
A second complaint was filed in magistrate court on July 30 by Parkersburg police detective D.A. Moody alleges on July 3 Lemon went to 1009 Camden Ave. and entered a 2000 Chevy Camaro, Collins said. Lemon is accused of stealing an Alpine stereo speaker and two removable T-top panels valued at more than $1,000, Collins said.
The warrant for the misdemeanor was for failing to appear for trial in magistrate court on May 13 on charges of petit larceny, conspiracy to commit petit larceny and destruction of property, Collins said.
Thompson and Lemon were taken to the Parkersburg Police Department for processing. True was taken to the State Police detachment for processing, Collins said.
The Aggressive Crime Enforcement Task Force is comprised of investigators from the Parkersburg Police Department, Wood County Sheriff's Office and West Virginia State Police.
The narcotics task force is comprised of investigators from the Parkersburg Police Department, the Wood County Sheriff's Office, Vienna Police Department and State Police.