Two people were arrested in a Logan County cemetery Nov. 3 after authorities reportedly discovered an active meth lab in their vehicle.
Trooper M.J. Miller, with the West Virginia State Police, reports he was conducting a road patrol along Gap Road in the Harts Creek area of Logan County when saw a vehicle parked with its headlights off at a cemetery.
Miller reports the cemetery had a no trespassing sign posted at its entrance.
Upon making contact with the driver, Gene Edward Daugherty, 44 of Harts and passenger, Betty Jo Vincell, 38, of Chapmanville, W.Va., Miller reports they were antsy and had trouble sitting still.
Miller further reports the pair had trouble responding to his questions.
When he was asked if there was anything illegal in the vehicle, Daugherty allegedly told Miller there were syringes under the headrest of his seat.
Daugherty reportedly explained he had been injecting the pain killer roxycodone.
Upon asking Daugherty and Vincell to get out of the vehicle, Miller reports that Vincell advised there was an active “shake and bake” meth lab in the passenger floor board.
The criminal complaint filed by Miller explained he, “looked through the passenger side window and observed a 20 ounce bottle with a substance actively cooking inside of it.”
Miller reports he observed lighter fluid, coffee filters, a mason jar and a gallon jug of acid in the vehicle.
Daugherty and Vincell allegedly told Miller miller they had been injecting methamphetamine and driving the vehicle with the active lab inside of it while they waited for the methamphetamine to finish cooking.
Both Daugherty and Vincell were arrested Nov. 3 and each are charged with felony counts of operating a clandestine drug lab and conspiracy.
If they are found guilty on both counts, Daugherty and Vincell could be forced to spend between three and 15 years in a state correctional facility and pay up to $35,000 in fines.
Bond for both Daugherty and Vincell was set to $10,000 in Logan County Magistrate Court.
Criminal complaints are public information. Charges listed in a complaint are merely accusations; defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]