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Several facing charges following meth bust in Wayne County, WV

WAYNE, W.Va. (WSAZ) - Children were put in serious danger living inside a home with a meth lab, Wayne County sheriff's deputies say.

Now their parents are in jail, and neighbors are left in disbelief.

15-year-old Steven Putnam says he's a few years older than the kids who lived next door, but he says they'd often visit each other's homes.

"They were really nice people," Putnam said of the children's parents. "They'd always let me come over and play with their kids."

Wednesday deputies made a meth lab bust at a home on Bluefield Street in Wayne and arrested the parents, Brandon and Betty Woods.

Deputies say the only good thing about this is the Woods' two kids were at school and didn't have to watch their parents being taken away in handcuffs.

"I'm still in shock," Putnam's stepfather Teddy Workman said. "I can't believe it was right next door to me. That really touches me that a kid would go through that. It's really sad."

Also arrested in the raid were Paul Richard Webb, David Workman and Stanley Peterman, all of Wayne.

While he was being arrested, Workman told WSAZ he was not involved with the meth.

"I don't have a bad background or nothing," Workman said. "No, I don't mess with that stuff and will not."

Deputies though say Workman is lying and are charging him.

Steven Putnam says he's brokenhearted for his friends.

"I hate to see this happen to them," Putnam said. "I'd love for them to keep living beside me, but not like this."

All suspects are charged with conspiracy, aiding and abetting, child endangerment and operating a clandestine lab.

A deputy says those kids were likely going to be taken in by Child Protective Services.


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