Police officers from the Chapmanville Police Department were out on routine patrol in town on Wednesday night when they drove by a residence in town and noticed smoke coming out of it.
Sgt. D. J. Miller and Patrolman B. A. Mynes approached the residence and a strong chemical odor was present. The officers knocked on the door and identified themselves as police officers.
The officers saw a person later identified as Paul Cochran look out the window, then officers heard a commotion inside the residence before the door was opened. A strong odor was emitting from inside the residence.
Chapmanville Police Department Corp. N. D. Tucker was called for assistance and obtained consent to search the premises. During the search, officers found evidence of a meth lab in the kitchen area, materials used in a shake-and-bake clandestine lab.
The home was evacuated and Paul Cochran, Martha Cochran, Amanda Woody and Michael Farris were arrested and charged with operating a clandestine meth lab out of the residence.
The West Virginia State Police were called to assist and materials were sent to the West Virginia State Police laboratory for testing.