Traffic stop leads to two methamphetamine arrests

PARKERSBURG – Two men were arrested early Saturday morning on charges of alleged production of methamphetamine by officers from the Parkersburg Police Department, Wood County Sheriff’s Office and the West Virginia State Police.

Rick Brock, 50, of 807 Franklin Ave., Belpre, and Terry Anthony Abbott, 39, of 1708 Staunton Ave., Parkersburg, were taken into custody following a traffic stop around 2 a.m. Saturday in the 1700 block of Staunton Avenue of a 1997 Chevrolet car driven by Brock.

The stop was originally made by a state trooper while several other officers assisted and a Parkersburg Police Department canine officer was called to the scene, according to a press release by the Parkersburg Police Department.

Following a positive indication on the vehicle by the police canine, officers allegedly discovered an active methamphetamine cook inside the car during a search. The “shake and bake” style lab was removed from the car, stabilized, and taken as evidence.

Both Brock and Abbott were charged with one felony count each of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory and another of conspiracy to operate or attempt to operate a clandestine drug laboratory.

Both suspects were processed and placed in the Wood County Holding Center and arraigned in magistrate court Saturday morning.

The arrests were the result of a joint investigation into illegal drug activity in the east end of Parkersburg.