Owens arrested for allegedly making meth

PARKERSBURG – A Parkersburg man was arrested Saturday afternoon for allegedly attempting to make methamphetamine.

The Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force reported Wayne Owens Jr., 27, 914 Laverne St., was arrested Saturday on a felony charge of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory.

He was placed in the Wood County Holding Facility on Saturday to await arraignment in Wood County Magistrate Court. If convicted on the charge, he faces a possible penalty of two to 10 years in prison.

The PNTF reported that about 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Wood County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to Room 136 of the Travelodge Hotel at 3604 East Seventh St., Parkersburg, in reference to a chemical odor coming from the room. Deputies arrived and made contact with the occupant, identified as Owens. Upon contact the deputies immediately detected a strong chemical odor coming from inside the room. Deputies also noticed items in plain view that are consistent with the use of or manufacturing of methamphetamine, the task force reported.

Deputies secured the scene and notified the task force for assistance. Agents then obtained a search warrant for the room and located numerous items that indicated the manufacturing of methamphetamine and amounts of suspected methamphetamine. Also located in the room were a handgun, ammunition, U.S. currency, scales and bags for packaging, the task force reported.

The Parkersburg Violent Crime and Narcotics Task Force is comprised of investigators from the Parkersburg Police Department, Wood County Sheriff’s Office, Vienna Police Department and West Virginia State Police.