Madison man charged with operating meth labs

Fred Pace fpace@civitasmedia.com

September 13, 2013

MADISON – A Madison man was arrested Wednesday night and charged with operating at least two separate clandestine methamphetamine labs, according to Boone County Chief Deputy Chad Barker.

Kenneth Lee Ball, 50, of Madison, was charged with two counts of operating a clandestine laboratory. These are felony charges and are punishable with a 2 to 10 year prison term.

Deputies were responding to an anonymous tip when they were able to locate an area where they felt the methamphetamine was being cooked on a regular basis, according to Barker.

Officers traveled to the Ball residence on Robinson Lane, outside of Madison, just before midnight on Wednesday. Ball was contacted and a search was conducted of the property. Investigators located evidence from at least two (2) separate clandestine labs during the search, Barker said.

Ball was being arraigned in front of Boone County Magistrate Charles Byrnside.

Barker said that Ball’s brother, Jerry, was arrested a few months ago at the same property for operating a clandestine lab as well.

Sheriff Randall White praised the community for their involvement in this case.

“Law Enforcement has an extremely difficult job and it definitely helps when the citizens take time to give us helpful information,” the sheriff said.

White said anonymous tips can be called in to 304-369-7387 or emailed to sheriff@boonecountywv.net