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Kermit Couple Arrested In Connection To Operating A Meth Lab


A Mingo County couple faces charges related to operating a clandestine drug lab.

Adrienne Lowe,32, from McAndrews, Ky. and Gary Newsome,25, of Kermit were arrested after police reportedly discovered an inactive methamphetamine lab, a signed grocery list for items used to create meth, and directions on how to prepare methamphetamine in an abandoned building located on the property where the couple was residing.

Police reports said the lab was discovered in early December. Police responded to a tip they received regarding a domestic dispute was and a possible meth lab in operation at an abandoned barber shop.

Police discovered that Newsome had been living with relatives at the Kermit residence. Officers contacted the property owners who provided consent to search the abandoned building on the property.


Before officers investigated the abandoned building, they allegedly informed Newsome and Lowe to remain at the residence while the investigation was being conducted. It’s reported Newsome and Lowe allegedly fled on foot to nearby Martin County Ky., while officers were conducting the investigation.


When officers arrived at the scene, they reportedly found the door of the abandoned barbershop unlocked and open.  Officers observed items used in the making of methamphetamine, as well as used hypodermic needles.


As officers moved inside the building, they allegedly discovered an inactive methamphetamine laboratory as well as a note written to Newsome from Lowe which was signed, “Love, Adrienne.” The note reportedly contained a grocery list of items used to make methamphetamine which Lowe requested that Newsome purchase. Officers also allegedly discovered a set of written directions for cooking meth.


The discovery prompted officers to call the West Virginia State Police for back up from a Clandestine Laboratory Technician. An officer with the WVSP responded to the scene and seized the chemicals and the laboratory. A report was sent from the WVSP which confined that what was found inside the abandoned barbershop was a one pot “shake and bake” laboratory.


Lowe and Newsome are charged with the felony offenses of conspiracy and operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory.


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