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MIDKIFF – “The worst I’ve seen in my career,” was how Chief Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy J.J. Napier described the scene at a meth bust in the Midkiff area last week. According to a criminal complaint on file in Lincoln County Magistrate Court, deputies worst ever 2responded Monday evening, December 15, 2014, following a tip regarding a home at Court Side in Midkiff. According to the information provided to the sheriff’s office, children were understood to be living at the home in extremely rough living conditions.

When the deputies arrived at the home, contact was made with the accused at the front door. She was named as Jessica Dawn Gray, 42. According to deputies, there was a strong chemical odor coming from the inside of the residence recognized as being associated with the production of methamphetamine. Gray is said to have given permission for the deputies to search the home, and told them nothing was going on and that she had no idea what the smell would be. When the deputies entered the home, they noticed a large amount of animal feces covering the floor of the living room, kitchen, and bedroom where Gray and two children sleep. Napier later told The Lincoln Journal that he observed several instances of animal waste being covered with a paper towel but not removed.worst eber

Upon further searching of the home, the deputies noticed a large trash bag beside the front door on the outside of the home. Inside the bag, the deputies found what are alleged to be many materials used to make meth, including gasser bottles with tubing, cotton balls, various burning plates, all with meth residue. Two pill bottles were also found during the operation, one containing a suboxone strip, the other containing 16 Adipex. Suboxone is a semi-synthetic opioid used to treat pain pill addiction. Adipex is a psychostimulant drug of the phenethylamine class, similar in composition to amphetamine. It can be used as an appetite suppressant.

Gray is said to have told deputies that she did not know where the meth labs keep coming from, but admitted to burning three labs in the past. Chief Napier also found a Gatorade bottle and coffee filter with meth residue inside the living space.

Gray was taken into custody and was later being held at the Western Regional Jail in Barboursville. Charges for Gray included child neglect resulting in a risk of injury, felony conspiracy, possession of a controlled substance, operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab, and obstruction. Bail was set at $50,000. The matter was expected to come before a Lincoln County magistrate in due course. Chief Napier was joined in the operation by Deputy Ashworth, Deputy Bryant, and Deputy Shephard.









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