During the late evening of May 31, 2013, SAPD officers Lt. Marc Gilbert and Det. Jake Dent attempted to serve a Circuit Court Capias on Richard D. Keil (41 yoa from St. Albans). The Capias was for failing to appear on charges of Operating a Meth Lab and Possession of Precursor Chemicals for Manufacturing Meth. They went to his residence on Edgehill Drive in St. Albans. When they knocked, there was no answer. Officers could see lights on and hear voices inside. Despite continued knocking, they received no response. Since it was a Circuit Court Capias, officers are permitted to enter the residence if denied entry. They opened a door and detected a strong chemical odor they know from experience is associated with Meth lab operation. Wanting to have proper protective gear on in case it was a Meth Lab, they backed out and called other officers to watch the house while a search warrant was obtained for the home as a possible Meth lab.
While on the way back to the home with the Search Warrant, Keil walked out of the home and was immediately detained. During the search, officers found Iodine Tincture, bottles of Heet (gas-line anti-freeze), tubing, a bottle of Drano, Nail Polish Remover, a glass beaker, a funnel, coffee filters, some cold medicine, and numerous matchboxes with striker plates removed (source of red phosphorus).
Keil was arrested on the Capias for failing to appear on the other meth related charges and was charged again for Operating a Clandestine Drug Lab. His bond was set at $25,000 on the Drug Lab charges from last night, but he has no bond on the Circuit Court Capias until he appears before Judge Bloom. Det. Lt. Marc Gilbert and Det. J. M. Dent are investigating.
The house has since been condemned and boarded up by the St. Albans Building Office pending appropriate clean-up as mandated by WV State Law.