Man charged with meth lab, moonshining

Martha Sparks - [email protected]


LOGAN, W.Va. — A Harts area resident was recently charged with a variety of offenses including operating a meth lab, moonshining and growing pot.

According to a complaint filed June 17 by West Virginia State Police Senior Trooper J.G. Honaker, he and Senior Trooper J.E. Garren responded to an anonymous tip that Joseph Adkins, 42, of West Fork Road, had an active methamphetamine laboratory inside his residence.

The tip also advised that there were juveniles present and living in the home.

Upon arrival, Honaker spoke to the home owner and wife of Adkins, who reportedly gave officers written permission to search her residence for any dangerous drugs or illegal items.

Officers then conducted a search inside the residence and allegedly located several one pot meth labs inside the residence. The officers also reportedly located several marijuana plants growing inside the residence in an upstairs room. Also, in the upstairs room these officers located multiple items that are used in manufacturing methamphetamine.

While searching the outside area of the residence, the officers reportedly found more marijuana plants growing in flower pots in the yard. In the back yard these officers also discovered a still used to manufacture distilled spirts (moonshine).

Officers also report locating one firearm with the serial number scratched off and another gun which reportedly registerd as stolen from Los Angeles, Calif. They were advised by WVSP Logan dispatch that the Adkins was a convicted felon.

Mrs. Adkins advised these officers two of their juvenile children lived inside the residence.

Officers say that during the search of the residence, Adkins arrived and they observed the defendant to be acting very nervous as he repeatedly placed his hands in his pockets after officers advised him to stop.

Officers conducted a safety search of Adkins and reportedly located a small clear plastic bag containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana and a blue container containing a white powdery substance believed to be methamphetamine.

Adkins was charged with operating a clandestine drug lab, possession of precursors to manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of pseudoephedrine in an altered state, exposure of children to methamphetamine manufacturing, cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana, manufacture of distilled spirits (moonshine), felony possession of a firearm, possession of methamphetamine and possession of a controlled substance (Suboxone).

Adkins is currently incarcerated in Southwestern Regional Jail on a $40,000 cash only bail.


Criminal complaints are public information. Charges listed in a complaint are merely accusations; defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.


Martha Sparks

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