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

Sep 10, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Charleston Daily Mail

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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Oct 9, 2013
 
TX poster is insane wrote:
OMG. You are crazy! Hamlin is a small town! Everyone knows everyone and everyone knows about everyone's business. There is no way to live there all of your life and hide your past from anyone! If the mayor is/was as bad as you say, the church knew all about it. I think someone should investigate the church officers and maybe even its members -- particularly the treasurer who voiced the initial complaint.
All of your complaints of illegal activity and there has not been and will not be ONE ARREST or charge against this mayor because none of it is true! You are just on here hiding behind a computer making these crazy accusations. If they are true, let's see an arrest. I'll be waiting...
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I would agree that in a small town, and particularly Hamlin, there is an effort to know other folks business. Chris has stood at the podium and screamed at the top of his preacher voice his past sins, or at least those he will admit. It is an edited version but claiming flaws and the redemption brought by Christ is the stock and trade of most fundamentalist preachers. Praise Jesus!

It seems these seriously evil and recently redeemed folk go to the head of the line in terms of popularity to congregations. We write songs about them. Ever hear "Baptism of Jesse Taylor" by among others, the Oakridge Boys. Many times the Jesses of the world just change clientele from the bar to the sanctuary. The folks that manage to become spiritual leaders without going down the road to destruction first sometimes get left in the dust by gullible congregations. It is reasonable to believe from his actions that Chris is no different today than he was when he was dealing drugs out of a McComas Dairy truck. All he has done is change his clientele.
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#85
Oct 9, 2013
 
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I would agree that in a small town, and particularly Hamlin, there is an effort to know other folks business. Chris has stood at the podium and screamed at the top of his preacher voice his past sins, or at least those he will admit. It is an edited version but claiming flaws and the redemption brought by Christ is the stock and trade of most fundamentalist preachers. Praise Jesus!
It seems these seriously evil and recently redeemed folk go to the head of the line in terms of popularity to congregations. We write songs about them. Ever hear "Baptism of Jesse Taylor" by among others, the Oakridge Boys. Many times the Jesses of the world just change clientele from the bar to the sanctuary. The folks that manage to become spiritual leaders without going down the road to destruction first sometimes get left in the dust by gullible congregations. It is reasonable to believe from his actions that Chris is no different today than he was when he was dealing drugs out of a McComas Dairy truck. All he has done is change his clientele.
i just made a huge post detailing how this is schtick and the way in which he "reaches out" to "troubled youth", but topix hasn't posted it yet or it got lost. seems to happen to me frequently when i make a big post.

even if you don't take his criminal background into question, somebody in the positions of mayor and chief of police should be able to make much more rational decisions than this.

idk about anybody else but if i'm cooking meth and something suspicious happens (like idk, a bus from a church on the other end of the county shows up on my lawn) i'm flushing sh­it ASAP. all things considered the police would have been just as successful using unmarked police vehicles that are owned by the pd and insured for such instances. irrational, emotional, and compulsive decisions like this put people at risk and they shouldn't be made by a mayor, let alone the chief of police.
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#86
Oct 10, 2013
 
Thank you, Mr. Mayor and law enforcement, for helping to rid this county of our drug trash. And shame on you church treasurer and members for what you did!
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#87
Oct 13, 2013
 
Wether this guy did right or wrong it really wont do much good for the fact all these people that get caught manufacturing meth are out the same night. Yeah we are busting all these meth labs but the fact still remains the consequences are not hard enough to detour people from doing it again. How many times have most of us read of the same person doing it again? Until the laws are changed regarding the punishment of all this it really is not going to fix the meth epidemic in ANY county no matter how many arrests are made.
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Oct 13, 2013
 

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Wether this guy did right or wrong it really wont do much good for the fact all these people that get caught manufacturing meth are out the same night. Yeah we are busting all these meth labs but the fact still remains the consequences are not hard enough to detour people from doing it again. How many times have most of us read of the same person doing it again? Until the laws are changed regarding the punishment of all this it really is not going to fix the meth epidemic in ANY county no matter how many arrests are made.
increasing the punishment won't help, and neither will taking away bonding options for drug dealers. the cops aren't just releasing these ppl yanno, they're bonding out. they still have to return to court for trial and sentencing at which point if found guilty they will be sent to jail or prison. remember, you're supposed to be innocent until proven guilty.

ppl, drugs, like any other consumable good, work on a supply and demand basis. you can bust all the labs you want, but the demand for the product will always be there. as long as you have a great demand for a product then somebody will step up to meet that demand (esp one that's not only easy to manufacture, but cheap as well).

if you approach drugs from an economic stand point (as far as distribution is concerned) then you'll see the key to the problem. when you make a drug harder and more expensive to produce and distribute you're not decreasing the amount made, your only increasing the street value of the drug because the demand for that drug is still there. so what happens when you make it harder for an addict of poor moral character (that's right, not all addicts are bad or immoral people) to get their fix? yes, that's right, you see an increase in criminal activity, particularly theft and burglary.

the problem is that whenever a politician wants to approach the drug problem from a stance that isn't aggressive the public gets up in arms about it, thinking that they're being easy on drugs.

if you want to see the drug problem get down to a manageable level then start voting for politicians that aren't afraid to stand up to their party (both repubs and dems are guilty of this) and start promoting rehab over jail for problem users (those whose habit is hurting other people.

as of now that is the best course of action and the only way to decrease demand for drugs. to really put a dent in the problem would require legalization and regulation because it's not only worked for other problems like this in the past (during the era of alcohol prohibition violent organized crime blossomed, so did alcoholism, domestic abuse, and alcohol related crime such as drunk driving), but other countries have had astounding success with progressive drug enforcement policies such as sweden and portugal. not only do the numbers of drug related crime go down as well as the number of drug related deaths and health problems (including addiction), but more importantly the percentage of teenage use also decreases.

people are going to do drugs regardless of their legal state. i'd much rather have pharmaceutical companies with actual chemists producing this stuff, letting the fda control the purity, and have the government regulate it's sales as opposed to having billy bob get rich while playing breaking bad, exposing a trailer park full of kids to dangerous chemicals and providing product with a questionable quality to users causing them to overdose possibly leading to death or a severe fit of psychosis.
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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.
IF you can recognize that lives are saved by taking meth off of the street, why can't you understand a thirty mile high speed chase for near nothing infraction exposes "completely" innocent oncoming traffic to tremendous risk of injury or death. Is his interest in saving lives or self promotion?

The meth maker knows the rules won't cause them to hurt greatly, and the Mayor/Chief of Police knows the sovereign immunity protection makes it difficult to recover for his misdeeds. His tone deafness on the high speed chase reveals he really isn't interested in saving lives.

Sadly, there is a ball-less council that fails to pass legislation to stop the high speed chase bull**it. Therefore they are equally morally responsible for harm.
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Oct 13, 2013
 
The Way it is wrote:
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IF you can recognize that lives are saved by taking meth off of the street, why can't you understand a thirty mile high speed chase for near nothing infraction exposes "completely" innocent oncoming traffic to tremendous risk of injury or death. Is his interest in saving lives or self promotion?
The meth maker knows the rules won't cause them to hurt greatly, and the Mayor/Chief of Police knows the sovereign immunity protection makes it difficult to recover for his misdeeds. His tone deafness on the high speed chase reveals he really isn't interested in saving lives.
Sadly, there is a ball-less council that fails to pass legislation to stop the high speed chase bull**it. Therefore they are equally morally responsible for harm.
Somebody is trying to mess with Logan's mind.
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Oct 13, 2013
 
Amusing wrote:
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Somebody is trying to mess with Logan's mind.
lol, i'm pretty sure i see what you're talking about and i was thinking the same thing. now (s)he's going to be even more confused.

although they haven't commented in some time so we can only hope that they've been persuaded to stop orally (or digitally) defecating all over topix.
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Oct 13, 2013
 
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lol, i'm pretty sure i see what you're talking about and i was thinking the same thing. now (s)he's going to be even more confused.
although they haven't commented in some time so we can only hope that they've been persuaded to stop orally (or digitally) defecating all over topix.
I think I know who it is and they are just trying to cause Logan to think. I wouldn't be a bad idea, although it might hurt.

Your post a couple up the chain on the handling of drug related issues has great merit. I hadn't read about Sweden or Portugal on the topic (but I will). Interesting that Sweden is an inclining society and Portugal is a declining society but the method works. The drug culture is a bit of a mystery to me since I grew up in an age when the drug of choice was alcohol. Now to be sure that took out a fair number of folk through extreme alcoholism and drunk driving and caused many to fall far short of what their talents and abilities would have given them. With the increasing pressure to legalize pot, which is a gateway drug I told, it appears the situation is going to get worse unless there is a comprehensive approach. We suffer from a lack of good leadership at the local, state and federal level. We are looking a lot more like the ruins of Rome.

BTW the thoughts the copy cat poster expressed were pretty good. I hadn't thought of it that way, but it makes a point. Long posts on topix where you sometimes pause and think causes the system to time out. What I usually do is use notepad to compose the item then cut and paste it into the window.
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The Way it is wrote:
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IF you can recognize that lives are saved by taking meth off of the street, why can't you understand a thirty mile high speed chase for near nothing infraction exposes "completely" innocent oncoming traffic to tremendous risk of injury or death. Is his interest in saving lives or self promotion?
The meth maker knows the rules won't cause them to hurt greatly, and the Mayor/Chief of Police knows the sovereign immunity protection makes it difficult to recover for his misdeeds. His tone deafness on the high speed chase reveals he really isn't interested in saving lives.
Sadly, there is a ball-less council that fails to pass legislation to stop the high speed chase bull**it. Therefore they are equally morally responsible for harm.
wb to wv :P

imo the problem is twofold, the majority of residents of lincoln co are very conservative, old fashioned, and uneducated so they tend to vote for people that reflect those values. unfortunately people like this want their politicians to be hard on crime and would perceive such legislation as being soft on crime (actually, this is a nationwide problem). the local leadership are either too retarded to realize the benefits of such legislation or are too lazy to take the time to properly explain the benefits to the public.

you see this phenomenon anytime a politician brings up issues like ceasing high speed chases or jailing alternatives for drug users. one of the biggest reasons america has such a high crime rate period is due to our penal system focusing on punishment rather than rehabilitation because we have to be hard on crime even though all studies and statistics point to rehabilitation having a much higher success rate.
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Oct 15, 2013
 
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If you punish druggies enough, say, locking them up for a longggg time or even better, putting them in front of a firing squad, the drug problem will go away. The psychobabble put forth by the so-called self-anointed "intellectuals" trying to post high level thinking on topix will not end the drug problem. You people need to research your facts a little better before putting things out there for the public to see. Legalizing drugs will not solve the problem. PUNISHMENT is the best way.
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Would that "enlightened" policy be applied to Chris when he was a druggie a few years ago. That is a fact. By your "solution" he would have been taken care of by a firing squad.

In an election anything can happen but I doubt Chris feels positive that he will win reelection. He has angered many people in town. Most would just like to get back to normal where Hamlin becomes a pleasant place again.

Do you really think Chris would be dancing in the street? He is a fundamentalist, they don't dance.
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poor dummies wrote:
If you punish druggies enough, say, locking them up for a longggg time or even better, putting them in front of a firing squad, the drug problem will go away. The psychobabble put forth by the so-called self-anointed "intellectuals" trying to post high level thinking on topix will not end the drug problem. You people need to research your facts a little better before putting things out there for the public to see. Legalizing drugs will not solve the problem. PUNISHMENT is the best way.
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That is the kind of stuff radical Muslims favor. Bear in mind that West Virginia does not have capital punishment.

BTW you are revealing insanity equal to Chris. Must run in the family.
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#98
Oct 15, 2013
 
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Get a life, loser! This poor silly person keeps posting conversations with himself/herself back and forth using different names and locations. How sad. I hope the mayor sues you. I can't wait until Election Day when we will all be dancing in the streets of Hamlin after his re-election. lol
At least they are putting some ideas out there and all you are doing is sitting there bitching.
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#102
Oct 16, 2013
 
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Can you prove that this man was a druggie? I don't think so. You are making baseless accusations against a public official. I hope he traces you on here and sues you. No, the mayor may not dance in the street. But the voters will be...when he is re-elected!
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Before you start flapping your chops trying to say that Chris has not had drug problems you best think a bit. Too, way too many, eyewitnesses can come forward and clearly establish the facts. There is also that little matter of records. If he were placed under oath in a deposition and deny it, he could be easily charged with perjury. Whether he did or did not do drugs is a material fact in the matter.

He has preached about it. Praise Jesus. How he was saved from the evils of drugs and alcohol. Praise Jesus, AMEN.

A bankruptcy also shows in his records. He has not been a very responsible person.

Read this week's Lincoln Journal. He is under fire for crime issues. The article above the fold is titled 'Toothless (sic) braindead idiots'. After running the local beer joint that contributed much to dui over the years, you can't help but see the irony in Katy Thacker bitching.

His devisivness has been the controlling factor in a lack of a united front in dealing with ANY problem.
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Yes, West Virginia SOMEHOW is the ONLY state in the U.S. South that does not have capital punishment. True. However, good old vigilante justice would do the trick. I advocate using controlled and targeted violence and intimidation to solve the problem.
Good luck, Mr. Adkins, in your race to unseat the mayor. But you will lose.
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No doubt you are a few bricks shy of a full load. "controlled and targeted violence" is called terrorism. No doubt the scheme that Chrissy has used is exactly that. The Adkins high speed chase down one mile and the alleged "shots fired" were concocted to justify lethal force. This is the stuff of uneducated thugs and Chris clearly qualifies. The streets of Hamlin have become the playground for people that do not understand their OBLIGATIONS under State and Federal Constitutions and the RIGHTS of those accused and in the path of the accused.
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Oct 16, 2013
 
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You have heard him preach about it. I knew it! You are a member of the church that ran off this good man. I knew it! I bet that you are that crazy treasurer! A bankruptcy! WTH! You know so much about this man, maybe you are an ex-wife or girlfriend. You are certainly on a mission to destroy him. And you are carpet-bombing him anonymously on topix! Coward!
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Many folks have commented regarding his preaching shtick of telling how bad he was THEN and how good he NOW. It is unlikely that he told it all but he did tell enough to clearly establish that he had a drug problem. So to your point of defamation, he cannot as a public person claim he was defamed. Truth is an absolute defense. It is the old fundamentalist redemption argument. I am not being critical of Christianity or Fundamentalism in the least. Even the most faithful among those will tell you that their faith is sometimes a breeding ground for rascals. From where I sit it appears by his actions that Chris is a rascal that used the folks of the church for his own ends whether that be money or power.

I judge people by what they do as well as what they say. Those two must match. In this instance what Chris says and what he does are at complete odds.

In the current Lincoln Journal there is an article from the last Council meeting. Acrimony abounded as usual. The mayor sniping at Rexroad and vice versa. Rexroad sniping at the town clerk and vice versa. Councilman Lambert bleating that landlords aren't minding their tenants business enough and the town need six or seven more cops. Olive Hager and Recorder Rexroad were carping about the cell tower someone sneaked into town. Apparently, Danny McKay wasn't there or he couldn't track the goings on quick enough to kiss up to someone else. There appeared to not one adult in the room. It is little wonder that nothing is accomplished in Hamlin. Key to this failure is the divineness of Chris who just thugs his way though.
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Anyone who is battling druggies or catching people who speed through town is a hero to me! Controlled and targeted violence is called vigilantism. We need more of it.
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You are advocating terrorism.
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Get a clue, dummy! You are putting out all of this psychobabble on topix! No one with a brain (outside of myself) is even reading it! You're just a hate-monger trying to ruin a man's reputation and doing it like a coward on topix! Post your name if you are going to attack someone. Coward!
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Why don't you post your name, smartass. Betcha that the NSA will catch your terrorism comment and track you.
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Strange comment about Chris on front page. One of the most dangerous places to be in Lincoln County is between a Mediz person and Chris Wilkinson. He is a media hound and you are likely to be trampled.
In the current edition above the fold is a picture of Chris as well as David Adkins. David has announced his intention to run for Mayor and that would be a good thing. I am not friends with David but know him on a nodding basis. I know enough about him to know that he a person of character and would be a good fit as Mayor. He is a manager for a construction company which would give him conflict resolution skills as well as other managerial skills needed by a mayor. Chris as a janitor would not have those attributes. Chris has an angry demeanor whereas David has a bright confident disposition.
BTW my criticism of Chris is not personal, rather because of the circus he has made of his office and in Hamlin as well as the surrounding areas.
I think you have got it backward, and just because he is a janitor doesn't mean that he is dumb, and as for David's work he stole the land from a dying man, why do you think his mother was in court?
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