James Ramey, 30, of Dingess was arrested on Friday around 9 p.m. after police executed warrants on his residence for delivery of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, operating a clandestine lab, and exposure of children to methamphetamine.
The methamphetamine lab discovery was made Friday night around 9 p.m. by Williamson Police Department and the West Virginia State Police after a three-month investigation.
Ramey was represented by attorney Duke Jewell and the state was represented by Mingo County Prosecutor Michael Sparks in the trial.
According to testimony by West Virginia State Police Trooper B.R. Moore, on Aug. 21 the group executed and recorded a controlled buy at the accused residence using a confidential informant. The informant purchased marijuana, which estimated value was $60. Police had already received a tip regarding the methamphetamine Lab at the time of purchase, stated Moore.
Search warrants for the defendants residence were obtained and a cardboard box of marijuana estimated to be one ounce was discovered, the officer stated.
When Police arrived on scene the suspect was no longer at his residence and were told that Ramey had left with a black duffel bag to go to a residence owned by John Lackey at Breeden.
State Police Cpl. Flippin arrested Ramey in front of Princess Grocery in Dingess. Moore stated at the time of arrest witnesses stated, Ramey had already dropped off the black duffel bag at Lackey’s residence.
Police did find the duffle bag which had supplies to cook methamphetamine, including soda bottles and Coleman Fuel. The soda bottles are used as a container for the processing of methamphetamine, Moore said, adding this was the “shake and bake” method of manufacturing the drug.
According to the officer evidence of the drug manufacturing was also found at Ramey’s house, where he resides with his girlfriend Kim Stacy and her two children, one 11 years old and one 13 year old. Moore said that police located aluminum foil and other burnt items in the back yard of the residence.
Ramey could face more charges in the future in connection with this case according to Sparks.
Ramey remains at Southwestern Regional Jail on a $300,000 bond set by Magistrate Dee Sidebot-tom.