Two individuals accused of being in possession of an active meth lab on March 4 were recently indicted by a Fayette County grand jury.
Allen R. West, 35, of Greenfield, and Taylor K. Jenkins, 20, of Waverly, are both facing two counts of first-degree felony illegal manufacturing of meth, one count of second-degree felony illegal assembly of chemicals, and two counts of fifth-degree felony aggravated possession of drugs. Jenkins was arraigned on March 22 and her jury trial is set for June 23. West has yet to be arraigned.
At 12:45 p.m. March 4, the Washington C.H. Police Department received a report that a man and a woman were using drugs inside of a parked Honda Civic in the Walmart parking lot, 1397 Leesburg Ave. The complainant also provided the license plate number, according to police.
Two officers arrived on the scene and spoke to the suspects, who were identified as West and Jenkins.
While speaking with them, one of the officers saw drugs in plain view on Jenkins’ lap, reports said. Jenkins was removed from the front passenger seat of the vehicle and moved to the back seat.
West was also asked to exit the vehicle and he was patted down. At that time, officers located a meth lab inside of the vehicle. The two suspects were then immediately secured and taken to the police cruisers, reports said.
“We started taping off the area and had Walmart announce that any customers parked in row five needed to move their vehicles,” police said in their report.
The Washington C.H. Fire Department was called to the scene and Sgt. Rusty Lowe of the WPD also arrived to deactivate the meth lab so it could be safely removed. Within about an hour, Lowe disabled the one-pot meth lab.
Police also discovered that two other people inside Walmart had arrived at the store via the Honda Civic, according to reports. Further investigation revealed that those two had received a ride from West and Jenkins, but had no knowledge of the meth lab.
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