Augusta Couple Faces Drug, Child Endangerment Charges
A couple from Augusta County are accused of making methamphetamine in their home. The couple faces four felony charges including one for allegedly putting its teenage son in harm's way.
The Augusta County Sheriff's Office says the arrests of Daniel and Stephanie Dovel come on the heels of two months' worth of investigation. Deputies say that includes several confidential informants, who claimed that the couple was selling meth out of their home.
Daniel Paul Dovel, 40, and Stephanie Lee Dovel, 37, each face felony drug, weapons and child endangerment charges.
Deputies made the arrests when they served a search warrant early Wednesday morning at the Dovel's mobile home on Pheasant Hideaway near Greenville.
Investigators say they found evidence of a lab, some of the ingredients of the drug, and a substance that will be tested for the presence of methamphetamine.
The sheriff's office also called in a hazardous materials crew because of the potential dangers from chemicals typically used in a meth lab.
Deputies say a 15-year-old boy was also at the home so they charged the Dovels with allowing a child to be present during the manufacture of meth.
A conviction on that charge alone carries a prison term of at least 10 years.
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