HARRISVILLE - A mobile methamphetamine lab was busted Saturday night and three people taken into custody, the West Virginia State Police said.
Senior Trooper C.S. Jackson of the Harrisville Detachment said he received a tip about several suspects buying a large amount of the materials needed to make the illegal narcotic.
The vehicle was seen traveling west on U.S. 50 where Jackson said he made a traffic stop around midnight at the intersection of the industrial park road after the driver weaved and went left of center. A search dog from the Ritchie County Sheriff's Department indicated narcotics, including methamphetamine, bath salts, marijuana and prescriptioned pills, he said.
Ingredients and equipment to make methamphetamine were also in the vehicle, Jackson said. It took about four hours to process the evidence, which included help from the Ellenboro Volunteer Fire Department, he said.
"It was a pretty big lab," Jackson said.
Three Ritchie County residents were charged with felony drug offenses, Jackson said.
Sheldon Owens, 44, the driver, was charged with operating a clandestine drug lab. Amanda Hogue, 32, and Shelly Ankrom, 37, who were in the vehicle, were charged with conspiracy to operate a drug lab, Jackson said.
Additional charges are pending, he said.
The three were placed in the North Central Regional Jail in lieu of $25,000 bond each, Jackson said.