Reports from neighbors led to an alleged meth lab bust at 310 River Rd. in south Grantsville Tuesday, according to Police Chief Andy Walker, saying they smelled an odor coming from a mobile home.|
One neighbor reported seeing a man exit the trailer Tuesday morning carrying something under his coat, going to the Little Kanawha River, according to the criminal complaint.
While Calhoun Sheriff Ballengee and chief Walker went to the riverbank, a neighbor reported Michael Duncan fill up trash bags and take them outside the dwelling.
The complaint says Charles W. Norman, the renter of the house, gave police permission to search.
Police say they discovered a large number of ingredients and paraphernalia used in making meth.
It was reported that a small boy had been in the dwelling the previous day.
Officers reported they found marijuana pipes and pills in the dwelling.
The complaint says the second time they entered the dwelling they could smell bleach and there were new trash bags in the kitchen.
Chief Walker, in the complaint, says all three men had their Miranda Rights read to them, all signing waivers.
Rapp told police he was the one that cooked the meth and Norman advised he got the "cold pack" from Rite Aid in Grantsville.
Rapp admitted to officers he had burning the bottles that could be used for evidence.
Rapp, Duncan and Norman were arrested and taken to Central Regional Jail.
At least two of the men appeared recently in Calhoun Circuit Court on meth charges.
(L-R) Matthew William Rapp, Michael
Lee Duncan, Charles Wilson Norman
UPDATE 5/20/14 - Three men are in Central Regional Jail on meth related drug charges, following a meth lab bust Tuesday in south Grantsville.
- Matthew William Rapp, 47, has been charged with operating or attempting to operate a meth lab, conspiracy to commit a drug related charge, a felony. Bail set at $15,000.
- Michael Lee Duncan, 36, charged with conspiracy to commit drug related charge, a felony. Bail set at $5,000.
- Charles Wilson Norman, 31, conspiracy to commit drug related charge, a felony. Bail set at $5,000.
Police responded to a mobile home, where neighbors said they smelled the meth, and the suspects were taken into custody by Grantsville Police Chief Andy Walker.
Calhoun Sheriffs Department hold two of three suspects in alleged meth operation in south Grantsville, third suspect was taken for booking
ORIGINAL STORY 5/20/14 -Grantsville Police Chief Andy Walker made a meth lab bust in South Grantsville Tuesday morning.
Three male suspects were allegedly making meth inside a mobile home, a dwelling that was recently rented by one of the suspects.
All were being taken into custody, the Calhoun Sheriffs Department was also on scene.
Neighbors, who likely reported the operation, said they smelled meth during the early morning hours.
The dwelling is located in an area known as "The Bottom," just beyond the old Calhoun High School.