According to the Mason County Sheriff’s Department, Deputies Rob Wilson and Billy Gritt arrested Ronald Wayne Rainey, 53, of Apple Grove, early Thursday morning.
Both Wilson and Gritt had originally gone to Rainey’s residence, located on Long Ridge Road, to serve a warrant on Rainey’s daughter, Leslie Rainey, who is wanted in connection with a string of area burglaries as well as for the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Upon arrival at the home, deputies saw that Leslie was not present, but found that Ronald Rainey was growing marijuana near his residence. The marijuana also was found thanks to the help of Gritt’s K9 partner, “Kobie.”
According to Wilson, the incident investigation revealed that approximately $10,000 worth of marijuana plants were found on the property. Rainey was then arrested and taken to the Western Regional Jail in Barboursville to await arraignment.
Wilson described Rainey’s arrest as being the latest development in the sheriff’s efforts to stop a local methamphetamine ring within the county.
“This is just another link in the Chain,” Wilson said. “The community has really stepped up and provided good information to the sheriff’s department and we are getting some positive results.”
Wilson also encouraged those who have information on the whereabouts of Leslie Rainey to contact the sheriff’s department immediately, by calling 304-675-3838. According to Wilson, Rainey has been involved with many criminal activities, such as robbing a local man of valuable Native American artifacts and being involved in the local meth trade.
Those who have information on Rainey or other suspicious activity in the county do not have to give their name when contacting the sheriff’s department. Information also may be reported to other local law enforcement agencies.
“We all need to work together to make a safer Mason County for everyone. Sheriff (David) Anthony would like to thank everyone who is taking an active role in taking back our towns and communities,” Wilson said.