Officers bust Lincoln County meth lab by arriving in borrowed church bus

Sep 10, 2013 Full story: Charleston Daily Mail 82

Law enforcement officers surprised operators of a methamphetamine lab in Lincoln County by descending upon the area in a borrowed church bus.

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Awesome

Hamlin, WV

#1 Sep 11, 2013
The church and the members should be proud to have a part in getting drugs off of the street and away from people. We all should take a stand against drugs. Good job.
agree

Hamlin, WV

#2 Sep 11, 2013
i totally agree with awesome. but i read that church members asked the pastor to resign. if that is true, unless there are more reasons, i can't understand why they would object.
Bob

Charleston, WV

#3 Sep 11, 2013
If the church members do not agree with what went down, have the guts to fire him instead of asking him to resign and admit wrong doing. Kudos to the pastor for doing what was right as I understand occurred. I agree with Awesome, they should be proud of him and that they were a part of it.
sameole

Hamlin, WV

#4 Sep 11, 2013
Yeah give him a pat on the back and a cookie I'm sure the cops could of done it without chris bc they were doing it long before he became a wannabe cop
any help is appreciated

Hamlin, WV

#5 Sep 11, 2013
he HELPED. that's the main thing. if everyone in the county who is not on drugs or selling them helped in some way, we would be rid of the drug problem. law enforcement people are sure trying. the courts need to back them up too.
sameole

Hamlin, WV

#6 Sep 11, 2013
I reported drugs they said well check into it they never did and this was dealing drugs all day and all night long so if they would of checked it out they would of got about 40 users off the streets and a hand full of dealers
carma

West Hamlin, WV

#7 Sep 11, 2013
Now they need to bust the trailer park on bigHart
www

Ashburn, VA

#8 Sep 12, 2013
I think Chris and JJ think they own the town and can do whatever they want.
Mingo Mama

Charleston, WV

#9 Sep 14, 2013
I heard that the church is concerned about the pastor loaning out the church bus, because their insurance policy does mot cover this. If the bus was damaged during the drug bust, who would have covered the cost of the repairs?
Observer

Tampa, FL

#10 Sep 14, 2013
Mingo Mama wrote:
I heard that the church is concerned about the pastor loaning out the church bus, because their insurance policy does mot cover this. If the bus was damaged during the drug bust, who would have covered the cost of the repairs?
Actually the Sheriff's Department should have equally been concerned about legal issues such as liability. Truly a bunch of amateurs. Did anyone shoot at JJ?

Despite honorable intentions it was a really dumb idea.
Just Me

Charleston, WV

#11 Sep 14, 2013
If I had the funds, I'd go and buy him 20 church buses if that's what he needed to get the job done. Everyone is complaining of the "Meth Labs" and want them gone but when they do get all the facts they need to do the job that needs to be done, "The Bust", this is the appreciation they get, or that the pastor gets? I bet he just feels crappy for a job well done. I support what he did, even if his church doesn't. This is mean to say, but if the church was and is that worried about their bus, they should have done something to obtain another bus instead of making the man delivering The Lord's Word leave, how does that help the situation of that particular bus or the situation at hand? NONE! The Church members didn't seem to have a problem with Wilkinson using the exact same bus in April of this year for the same thing that got 9 Meth makers off the streets, why now?

Oh & btw, they can't just go out on one tip either, though I'm sure they would like to, they have to know that the people being called in about ARE in FACT manufacturing the drug, they have to keep an eye on them for signs of making the product and watch them to see when they are home the most so the can make their move, Rome wasn't built in a day either. Only thing I'm trying to say is, give credit where credit is due, don't punish the hand of the man who tries to clean up our community and keep our children safe, that's all. WAY TO GO Chief Wilkinson keep up the good work LCPD! My family and I support you 100% and we hope you get them ALL!!!!!
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tnt

Hamlin, WV

#13 Sep 16, 2013
Just Me wrote:
If I had the funds, I'd go and buy him 20 church buses if that's what he needed to get the job done. Everyone is complaining of the "Meth Labs" and want them gone but when they do get all the facts they need to do the job that needs to be done, "The Bust", this is the appreciation they get, or that the pastor gets? I bet he just feels crappy for a job well done. I support what he did, even if his church doesn't. This is mean to say, but if the church was and is that worried about their bus, they should have done something to obtain another bus instead of making the man delivering The Lord's Word leave, how does that help the situation of that particular bus or the situation at hand? NONE! The Church members didn't seem to have a problem with Wilkinson using the exact same bus in April of this year for the same thing that got 9 Meth makers off the streets, why now?
Oh & btw, they can't just go out on one tip either, though I'm sure they would like to, they have to know that the people being called in about ARE in FACT manufacturing the drug, they have to keep an eye on them for signs of making the product and watch them to see when they are home the most so the can make their move, Rome wasn't built in a day either. Only thing I'm trying to say is, give credit where credit is due, don't punish the hand of the man who tries to clean up our community and keep our children safe, that's all. WAY TO GO Chief Wilkinson keep up the good work LCPD! My family and I support you 100% and we hope you get them ALL!!!!!
Because the treasurer of the church has had four family members arrested, and supposedly she is the one that ask him to resign
nil

Hamlin, WV

#14 Sep 16, 2013
Mingo Mama wrote:
I heard that the church is concerned about the pastor loaning out the church bus, because their insurance policy does mot cover this. If the bus was damaged during the drug bust, who would have covered the cost of the repairs?
The Sheriff's Department
anonymous

West Hamlin, WV

#15 Sep 16, 2013
any help is appreciated wrote:
he HELPED. that's the main thing. if everyone in the county who is not on drugs or selling them helped in some way, we would be rid of the drug problem. law enforcement people are sure trying. the courts need to back them up too.
actually, the problem with the bus is that the bus wasn't his to loan. the bus belongs to the church, not to the pastor. obviously this was a planned raid and requires more than 24 hours to put together thus he had plenty of time to discuss this with church elders and get the churches permission.

secondly, not only could the bus have been shot up during the "raid" but it could have been contaminated or even destroyed by a meth lab explosion.

thirdly, we will NEVER be rid of the drug problem. how can you lot be so daft? the only "successful" drug policy is legalization and regulation.

our current solution does fu­ck all as far as controlling the distribution and manufacture of meth (or any other drug for that matter), and only increases the street price of said substance (creating even more crime by way of addicts having to steal and such to get their fix) and also makes it harder on people that actually need the stuff (no, not meth, but psuedoephedrine, pain pills, that kind of stuff) to get it.

blah, why do i even bother, the average visitor to this site can't even figure out how to properly work a keyboard, let alone understand how laws work.

google is your friend people, please do read up on the failures of the united state's penile institution and drug policies before you just run around wanting everyone thrown in prison.

what chris did was wrong on many levels and shouldn't be supported.
Just Me

Charleston, WV

#16 Sep 26, 2013
tnt wrote:
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Because the treasurer of the church has had four family members arrested, and supposedly she is the one that ask him to resign
She should be grateful for this then. He just may have saved their lives as well as others.
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Just Asking

Columbus, OH

#20 Sep 26, 2013
Tell me, just what kind of church this is anyway? And, why take it up with the members? He was the head of the Church congregations, and was maybe saving lives...
Now, I know drugs are everywhere, its sad but true, myself If the church I attended, did this I would agree with my Pastor on this issue... to many are dying because of ignorance, people if we Love our families, we must fight crime, This is tough LOVE... NO exceptions to the rules...
May God Bless You pastor Wilkinson...
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Just Me

Charleston, WV

#22 Sep 28, 2013
True Man wrote:
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Excellent response!!!
Thank you. Glad someone has a level head on their shoulders. I mean, come on, really? The church should, in my opinion, praised him for getting them Meth Makers outta there and for possibly saving lives. I just don't understand I don't guess.
This is the way it is

Austin, TX

#23 Sep 28, 2013
Just Asking wrote:
Tell me, just what kind of church this is anyway? And, why take it up with the members? He was the head of the Church congregations, and was maybe saving lives...
Now, I know drugs are everywhere, its sad but true, myself If the church I attended, did this I would agree with my Pastor on this issue... to many are dying because of ignorance, people if we Love our families, we must fight crime, This is tough LOVE... NO exceptions to the rules...
May God Bless You pastor Wilkinson...
Strange you would refer to "rules".

The "rules" of the organization of this church and most churches stipulate that the trustee's make financial decisions. While the Pastor is the spiritual leader he serves at the will and pleasure of the trustees who must pay the bills. The decision to "loan" the church bus to the county involves financial considerations.

The "rules" of the insurance policy stipulate that the coverage is for "church" purposes. Use as an assault vehicle would not be covered.

The "rules" aka West Virginia code stipulate that Mayors cannot also serve as Chief of Police, yet Chrissy still prances around in his cod piece of a Chief of Police costume.

The "rules" require vehicles to be properly licensed and inspected to be on the road. It appears that bus was not (ref Lincoln Journal article). Had there been injury as a result a collision of that bus any one of the participants survivors could have included that church in a lawsuit (yes this is 2013). The fact that the episode was not properly authorized would not be a defense.

It is brutally unfair to say or suggest that the church membership are insensitive to controlling drug traffic. Easily other county owned assets could have achieved the same surprise element. An example would have been one of those highway department dump trucks.

The "rules" require the Mayor to have approval of the Town Council prior to incurring financial obligations. Chris Wilkinson regularly violates this "rule" appropriately causing acrimony on the council.

The end justifies the means is not a valid argument here.
Godknows

Ripley, WV

#24 Sep 29, 2013
Just Me wrote:
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Thank you. Glad someone has a level head on their shoulders. I mean, come on, really? The church should, in my opinion, praised him for getting them Meth Makers outta there and for possibly saving lives. I just don't understand I don't guess.
I say he was doing God'swork this man did nothing wrong he helped get rid of drugs and drug heads just think maybe if the pastor did not help out to catch the meth heads maybe they would have hurt or killed someone driving down the road ..good work pastor and may God Bless you once again
Hero

West Hamlin, WV

#25 Sep 29, 2013
I think this man is a hero. If I ever meet him, I will tell him so. Sometimes, "rules" are broken for a good cause, i.e., the Civil Rights movement, and in many other historical cases. Jesus himself seems to have unsettled those who did not understand what He offered; they missed His message and the entire reason for His arrival on earth. Rather than see the big picture, many Jews cited laws and rules and even Scripture to refute Him. In their well-intentioned but misguided response, they missed the point. God's law as it really is trumps any of the "rules" cited by "This is the way it is" who posted above. When you read God's Word and compare it to the above post, the choice is clear. Actually, it seems the above poster has a problem with Chris Wilkinson and is placing this poor old preacher on the cross as a way of getting to the mayor. Sad. I'm sure the preacher is at peace knowing that what he did was right. He's a hero.

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