POLICE: Jackson County, WV search warrant yields meth materials, explosive, homemade shotgun

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Ronnie Lee Price, 45, and who a family member said is his son, Trevor Price, 19, of Wyant Walk Road in Gay, West Virginia, are facing several felony charges after a search warrant was executed at their home on November 29, 2018.

A criminal complaint states that three Jackson County deputies and a Ripley police officer arrived at the home to execute the warrant.

During a search of the home, officers said they located several small baggies of a white crystal substance throughout the residence along with a set of scales and several cases of “new, small baggies”. 

Inside of Trevor’s room, officers said they found a jar of a white, powdery substance that appeared to be crystal meth.  Trevor told officers that the substance was a non-narcotic that is made to appear to look like the drug.

Additionally, the complaint states that a number of meth-making materials were located inside of the home and inside of a heated outbuilding, inside of which it appeared the lab was being operated.  

A deputy found a Gatorade bottle with white residue inside that he said appeared to be part of the cooking process.  He found a mason jar with a filter system at the lid.

Inside of the home itself, the complaint states the investigators found a PVC pipe closed on both ends with yellow powder inside.  Trevor stated that the yellow powder was from road flares and that he planned to use it as an explosive device, the complaint reads.  Officers stated that they found a “homemade 12 gauge firearm” inside of Trevor’s room.

During an interview, a witness said he saw Trevor sell meth to at least six people from the home.  

Trevor, according to the complaint, admitted that he did attempt to operate the lab, but that he was peer pressured by the witness to do so.  He told deputies he needed the money that he collected from selling meth.  Trevor said he planned to use the explosive device and “take it over the hill and blow it up”.

During an interview with Ronnie Price, according to the court document in the case, he told investigators he “was not involved in the clandestine lab but has provided meth to ‘kids’ who come to his residence”.  Ronnie stated that he would go a purchase meth and then bring it back and “give it to the ‘kids’ at his residence.”  He said that the reason he has the baggies is so that he can equally distribute and give it to individuals at his house.  He said he would also give meth to friends of his that come to his house from time to time.  Ronnie said he was not aware of the explosive device, according to the complaint. 

Ronnie Price is charged with operating or attempting to operate a clandestine lab, possession with the intent to deliver, conspiracy to commit a felony and illegal possession of a destructive device. 

Trevor Price is charged with operating or attempting to operate a clandestine lab, possession with the intent to deliver, conspiracy to commit a felony and illegal possession of a destructive device. 

Both of the Price’s bonds were set at $250,000.

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