Ashton meth bust

By Beth Sergent

November 23, 2013

ASHTON — An Ashton man has been arrested and accused of making methamphetamine.

Howard M. Beasley, Jr., 46, Ashton, was taken into custody by personnel with the West Virginia State Police and charged with operate or attempt to operate a clandestine drug lab, conspiracy to commit a felony and domestic assault. He was booked into the Western Regional Jail on Nov. 21 where he remained Friday afternoon. Magistrate Cheryl Ross has set his bond at $155,000.

According to the official criminal complaint filed in Mason County Magistrate Court, personnel with the Mason County Detachment of the West Virginia State Police were given a tip that a possible drug lab was being operated in and around a residence at 2958 Ashton-Upland Rd., Ashton.

Cpl. B.L. Keefer obtained a search warrant for the residence and was accompanied there by other troopers and Lt. S. L. Greene, a certified clandestine drug laboratory evidence technician from the Mason County Sheriff’s Department.

Keefer made contact with Beasley at the residence who granted officers permission to search the area. According to the complaint, Greene then located alleged remnants of a meth lab as well as other components utilized in the manufacture of meth.