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Five Busted For Mobile Meth Lab

Teenage Girl Was Also Riding In Cab Of Pickup Truck

By Mark Hallburn
Publisher, PutnamLIVE.com

In case you need any further proof that druggies aren't the brightest people, we bring you this article:

Five people were busted, in Putnam County, for an alleged mobile meth lab, after the driver of the pickup truck was pulled over for texting while driving.

We can't make this stuff up.

It happened August 21st, 2012, on Route 817 near the Interstate 63 interchange. 

You can probably figure out where this is leading:

West Virginia State Police Senior Tyrone Lonzo CummingsTrooper R.A. Phillips and Trooper N. Moncayo reportedly spotted Tyrone Lonzo Cummings, 36, of Scott Depot, sending a text message while rolling down the road. So they pulled Cummings over. According to a criminal complaint filed in Putnam County Magistrate Court, the troopers smelled marijuana on Cummings, who allegedly admitted to smoking pot.

But wait, there's more:

After getting permission to search the truck, the troopers report finding materials to manufacture methamphetamine on board as well as drug residue.

But wait, there's more:

The troopers also report that a 15-year-old girl was a passenger in the cab. She was innocently getting a ride home.

David Alan BurdetteJason Edward Davis










Melissa Dawn Davis











Under arrest are Cummings, David Alan Burdette, 32, of Kenna, Jason Edward Davis, 41, of Nitro, and Melissa Dawn Davis, 35, of Kenna, and Tammy Marie McDaniel, 34, of Hurricane.

According to court records, they each face felony charges of Attempting to Operate a Clandestine Drug Laboratory and Conspiracy to Commit a Felony. They also face a misdemeanor charge of Possession of Pseudoephedrine.

Bond was set for the quintet at $50,000 each by Acting Putnam Magistrate Marva Crouch, court records state.

After their arrests, each was transported to the Western Regional Jail and Correctional Facility, in Barboursville, where officials booked and photographed them, according to the jail's web site.

Burdette has been to jail before. He was admitted April 30th, 2012, for allegedly failing to appear for a court hearing on misdemeanor charges in Putnam County. 

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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