The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Police/Courts

June 11, 2013

Lewisburg police discover meth lab

LEWISBURG — A traffic stop led Lewisburg Police to discover a methamphetamine lab in a residential neighborhood Sunday evening.

According to Chief Tim Stover, city officers stopped a vehicle driven by Brian Allen Woody, 29, of Lewisburg, who was wanted on a charge of violating federal probation. The man was arrested on that charge without incident, but when officers took inventory of his vehicle, they discovered items consistent with the manufacture of meth.

A subsequent search of Woody’s Wildwood Acres residence revealed other meth ingredients and a white, powdery substance believed to be cocaine, Stover said.

He noted this is the second meth lab found in Lewisburg in the past week.

“It’s starting to rear its ugly head here now,” Stover said of the meth epidemic.

Woody was charged with operation of a clandestine drug lab. He is lodged in the Southern Regional Jail with bond set at $25,000 on the drug charge. The U.S. Marshals Service also has a no-bail hold on Woody for the alleged probation violation.

Tara Lee Woody, 31, of Lewisburg was also taken into custody at the home in Wildwood Acres and charged with operation of a clandestine drug lab and possession of cocaine. Her bond was set at $1,000, and she was transported to SRJ.

Lewisburg Patrolmen D.E. Rexford and J.D. Hughes led the investigation, assisted by Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Deputy C. Solitro and West Virginia State Police Trooper First Class W.S. Snyder, a clandestine lab technician who cleaned up the meth-related materials.

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