POINT PLEASANT — Two people arrested in March and accused of attempting to operate a meth lab and child neglect creating risk of injury have entered pleas in Mason County Circuit Court.
Rodney J. Rogers, 36, and Rhonda J. Rogers, 39, both of Leon, were indicted by the May term of the grand jury for operate or attempt to operate a clandestine drug laboratory, exposure of children to methamphetamine manufacturing, child neglect creating risk of injury and conspiracy.
Earlier this month, Rhonda and Rodney entered separate pleas of guilty to the felony charge of conspiracy. In light of the pleas, the state moved to dismiss the other charges. The possible sentence for conspiracy, according to the West Virginia Code, is imprisonment in the penitentiary for not less than one nor more than five years, or a fine of not more than $10,000, or both.
The pair are to reappear before Judge Thomas C. Evans III in Mason County Circuit Court for sentencing at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 25, 2016.
According to the official criminal complaint filed in Mason County Magistrate Court, the Mason County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant at a residence located 1040 Matheny Dr., Leon. The complaint identified this as the couple’s residence, as well as the residence of their three minor children who were, at the time of the couple’s arrests, ages 3, 14 and 15.
During the search, an alleged meth lab was discovered in the bathroom adjacent to the master bedroom, according to the complaint. The complaint states, after questioning the couple, information was obtained indicating the lab was allegedly used inside the home to cook methamphetamine on multiple occasions in the three months prior to the arrests. The complaint identified Rodney as “the cook” and Rhonda allegedly having knowledge of the activity. This activity in the home caused a substantial risk of injury to the children, according to the complaint.
The state was represented by Prosecuting Attorney R. Craig Tatterson; Rhonda by Attorney Tanya Handley; Rodney by Attorney Damon Morgan, Jr.
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