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Four face charges after drug operation found in Ripley, court records say

Jackson County court records say Caleb Eli Shamblen, 21, Melody Lynn Anderson, 55, Dale Christopher Smith Jr., 34, and Jason Scott Minney, 35, all of Ripley are charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. (West Virginia Regional Jail)

Four people face charges in Jackson County after court records said officers found a drug operation in Ripley where baggies containing what appeared to be heroin and a digital scale were located on a kitchen table.

Caleb Eli Shamblen, 21, Melody Lynn Anderson, 55, Dale Christopher Smith Jr., 34, and Jason Scott Minney, 35, all of Ripley are charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, according to criminal complaints filed in Jackson County Magistrate Court.

Officers with the Jackson County Bureau of Investigation served a search warrant Thursday at a home on Midway Acres Drive in Ripley. The complaint said when officers entered, they observed Smith, Minney and Anderson sitting at the table. Shamblen and a juvenile female were found in a bedroom, the complaint said.

Baggies containing what appeared to be heroin and a digital scale were found on the table. The complaint said officers searched the kitchen area and found a ledger along with a key chain with the word “Momma,” the nickname commonly used by Anderson and what individuals in the house were calling her in the presence of officers.

The writing on the ledger was consistent with a handwritten recipe that Anderson informed officers she had written, the complaint said.

Shamblen, Anderson, Smith and Minney are currently being held at South Central Regional, each on a $50,000 surety/cash bond.

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