Updated: Three arrested after alleged meth bust

Beth Sergent

March 19, 2014

POINT PLEASANT — Three people were arrested and two juveniles were removed from a home after an alleged meth lab was discovered just outside Point Pleasant on Tuesday, according to the Mason County Sheriff’s Department.

Mason County Magistrate Gail Roush set $25,000 cash only bonds, each, for Jeffrey Wayne Henry, 49, Point Pleasant, Heather Dawn Letson, 34, Point Pleasant and Tara Rae Sowards, 32, Point Pleasant. According to the sheriff’s department which made the bust, Henry has been charged with operating a clandestine lab while both Letson and Sowards have each been charged with accomplices, aiders and abettors. All three were being housed in the Western Regional Jail as of Wednesday evening.

Again, in addition to the three arrests, the sheriff’s department reported two juveniles were removed from the residence located at 165 Joy Lane.

According to the official criminal complaints filed in Mason County Magistrate Court, personnel with the sheriff’s department received information that an alleged meth lab was being operated at the home. Cpl. T.L. Powell was the investigating officer and upon arriving and searching the home, an active lab was found inside the bathroom, according to the sheriff’s department.

The complaint states Lt. S. Greene, who specializes in investigating scenes where meth labs are suspected, was then called. Greene collected Coleman fuel, lithium batteries, starter fluid, grinders, blister packs of Sudafed, ice packs, drain opener, gas generators, rubber gloves, cut lithium batteries, digital scales, funnels and measuring cups from the scene, according to the complaint.

The penalty for conviction of operating a meth lab allows for not less than two years nor more than 10 years in jail, or fined not less then $5,000 nor more than $25,000, or both. When it comes to being charged with accomplices, aiders and abettors, in the case of every felony, every principal in the second degree and every accessory before the fact, can be punishable as if he/she were the principal in the first degree.

Sowards was already out on bond on separate charges in an unrelated case. According to records in Mason County Circuit Court, she was due to appear in circuit court on March 31 for a hearing on the state’s petition to revoke her bond.