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W.Va. man sentenced in drug operation

August 16, 2010

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A Martinsburg man accused of operating a methamphetamine lab at his apartment received a two- to 10-year jail sentence Monday in Berkeley County Circuit Court.

Jason Aubrey East, 26, of 121 Church St., Apt. 4, pleaded guilty Monday to one felony count of attempting to operate a clandestine drug operation.

East was charged in February after Martinsburg Police Department officers found cooking apparatus in a closet of the apartment and items associated with manufacturing methamphetamine after the agency was contacted about an ongoing dispute between East and a woman.

A search of the home was carried out after two West Virginia State Police troopers stopped a Lincoln Town Car that East was driving left of center on Interstate 81, according to court records.

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In the vehicle, police found a beaker containing a white powdery substance, a box of matches and "numerous bottles of Sudafed, peroxide and iodine," according to court records.

In the trunk of the car, the troopers found more beakers and a large hot plate, according to the complaint.

All of the laboratory items and evidence eventually were released to a Drug Enforcement Agency in Hagerstown, police said.

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