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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Cross Lanes couple was arrested Thursday after allegedly cooking methamphetamine in the presence of their six grandchildren.

After getting a tip that they were making methamphetamine, authorities went to the home of Raymond L. Taylor, 54 and Belinda Williams, 49, of Big Tyler Road in Cross Lanes, according to criminal complaints on file in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.

When they got there, officers found the odor of meth production so overpowering that they immediately evacuated the house and opened all the windows, the complaints say. Officers allegedly found equipment and chemicals used for making meth, and allegedly found a green tin with suspected methamphetamine inside in Williams’ pocket. Williams allegedly told officers she was just trying to make enough money to return to Cincinnati.

The couple’s six grandchildren, who were all between the ages of 11 and 15, were in the house at the time, the criminal complaints say.

Taylor was charged with operating a meth lab and six counts of exposing children to methamphetamine. Williams was charged with operating a meth lab, possession with intent to deliver and six counts of exposing children to methamphetamine.

Taylor and Williams were in the South Central Regional Jail late Thursday, each held on a $160,000 full surety bond.



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