(04/16/2013)

Matthew David Jeffrey (L) Andrea Devonne Simmons

Calhoun residents have been charged with multiple offenses related to the production of meth, related to an incident that happened last year.

The arrests are linked to officers going to a mobile home on Honeysuckle Lane (Sinking Springs) on August 1, 2012, after being asked to accompany CPS workers on a well-being check related to children in the dwelling.

Officers discovered meth-making ingredients in several rooms, according to the complaint.

Matthew David Jeffrey, 29, and Andrea Devonne Simmons, 23, were arrested Saturday night by Calhoun Sheriff Carl Ballengee and the WV State Police.

Both were taken to Central Regional Jail, where bail has been set for each at $75,000.

Jeffrey is charged with operating or attempting to operate a clandestine meth lab, exposure of first responder to meth manufacturing, possession of meth precursor, exposure of meth manufacture to a child, and the violation of a bail piece.

Simmons is charged with operating or attempting to operate a clandestine meth lab, exposure of meth manufacture to a child, exposure of first responder to meth manufacturing, and possession of meth precursor.

The charges were brought by Chief Deputy J. D. Smith, who says in the complaint he discovered a back-pack with "a complete mobile clandestine lab with heating element."

Following the incident, CPS workers reportedly took custody of children living in the dwelling.

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