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Hancock County officials bring in six on drug charges

Updated: Monday, May 19 2014, 06:40 PM EDT

HANCOCK COUNTY, W.Va. -  A Friday night traffic stop in Hancock County took place because of a seat belt violation and ended with multiple search warrants and a handful of arrests, after officers discovered a mobile meth lab in the trunk.
The driver of the vehicle, Gregory Virden, was arrested as a result of that investigation.
New Cumberland Police Chief Lester Skinner said that traffic stop helped authorities put the pieces together in one large investigation and enabled them to get three search warrants, which they presented that same night.
They wound up making five more arrests in Jay Kinzie, David Duffy, Joel Shafer, James Hinzman, and Elizabeth Yano.
"We have been surveilling, along with the task force, the four people, the five people that were arrested," Skinner said. "(They've had) at least that many of purchases of lighter fluid and things like that for the past two or three weeks. We got tips from residents in the area about what these people were buying and doing, what they thought they were doing."
All of these people are facing charges tied to manufacturing methamphetamines.
In one of those busts, Skinner said there were kids living in the home where they were making meth.
Skinner said this investigation isn't over.

Hancock County officials bring in six on drug charges

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