On Sunday, May 8, Mason County Deputy Sheriff Rob Wilson and Patrolman Tyler Deweese of the Point Pleasant Police Department performed a joint raid and found the meth lab at a residence, located on 1301 Viand St. across from Go-Mart.
During the investigation, officers arrested Michael Bing, 29, Pomeroy, Ohio, and June Cremeans, 28, Gallipolis Ferry, W.Va., for the operation of a clandestine drug lab. Bing and Cremeans also were arrested for child neglect with the potential of serious bodily injury. According to Wilson, not only was the couple making meth, but their two year-old and six year-old sons were inside the residence, where both used and uncapped hypodermic needles as well as the chemicals used to make meth were located.
Bing and Cremeans were taken to the Western Regional Jail in Barboursville, where their imprisonment status is pre-trial felon. Bond for each suspect has been set at $300,000.
Last Thursday, deputies busted another meth lab located in the Apple Grove area. According to Wilson, both the Point Pleasant and Apple Grove labs utilized the “shake and bake” method of producing meth. The shake and bake method is said to be considerably faster than the traditional methods, but yields smaller amounts of the drug. Wilson described the method as being “extremely dangerous.”
According to Wilson, the latest meth lab bust was a combined effort between the Point Pleasant Police Department and the sheriff’s department. Both agencies had received several tips about the aforementioned residence and used the information to arrest both Bing and Cremeans.
Those who have information on the possible manufacturing of methamphetamine in the area are encouraged to contact either their local police department, the sheriff’s department or the West Virginia State Police. When reporting a tip, you do not have to give your name or personal information.
“It is going to take a joint community effort — citizens and police working together to stop this ever-growing problem,” Wilson said.