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Martin Busted For Felonies

Held In Western Regional Jail Pending Bond

By Mark Hallburn
Publisher, PutnamLIVE.com

A Putnam County woman took a Amber Renee Martintrip to jail, Monday, after her arrest on felony drug charges, jail records state.

Amber Renee Martin, 24, of Virginia Avenue, Hurricane, was arrested July 30th, 2012, by Senior Trooper J.  Vanhoose of the West Virginia State Police.

According to court records, Martin is charged with:

  • Exposure of Children to Methamphetamine (five counts)
  • Conspiracy

The offense date was June 2nd, 2012. She was arrested on an outstanding warrant, court records state.

Vanhoose says Martin was the leaseholder of a home, in Hurricane, where a meth lab bust took place on June 2nd. However, Martin was not at the home. She denies knowing about the meth lab.

"She's a recovering meth addict. She has three kids of her own and there were two other minors present at the time of the bust," Vanhoose says. "One 15-year-old and one 17-year-old at the time we served the search warrant. It was not an 'active cook' but we found ingredients. Her children were not there at the time but they'd been there that same day."

After her July 30th arrest, Martin was transported to the Western Regional Jail and Correctional Facility, in Barboursville. Officials booked and photographed her at 4:45 p.m., according to the jail's web site.

"She says she's been clean for about a year now," Vanhoose says. "We've been looking for her for about two months."

Three other people, Stephanie Regina Holton, 36, of Culloden, David Brian Martin, 42, of Culloden, and James William Ruby, 39, of Hurricane, were arrested June 3rd, 2012.

During a July 30th hearing, Martin's bond was set, at $10,000, by Putnam County Magistrate Linda J. Hunt,  court records state.

The case has been assigned to Acting Putnam County Magistrate Marva Crouch who is filling in for lame duck Putnam County Kimberly M. Blair-Caruthers, who is recovering from knee replacement surgery.

Martin's Putnam County Magistrate Court case numbers are: 12F, 256-261. 

Publisher’s note: All defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

A criminal complaint is a legal document that is usually filled out by a law enforcement officer presenting evidence to a judge or magistrate. The judicial official determines if the officer has provided enough evidence to issue a complaint or a warrant for a suspect arrest. 

Mug shots are provided courtesy of the West Virginia Regional Jail Authority.

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