HARTFORD — A Hartford man has been arrested on drug charges, with law enforcement alleging he was making methamphetamine.
William C. Roach, II, 28, has been charged with attempt to operate a clandestine lab and possession of altered pseudoephedrine. He was arrested by deputies with the Mason County Sheriff’s Department on Friday and appeared for arraignment before Mason County Magistrate Cheryl Miller Ross who set his bond at $100,000.
According to the criminal complaint filed in magistrate court, deputies responded to a residence at 680 Moore Street in reference to a possible meth lab. Upon arrival, Deputy M.A. Waugh reported he observed a male look through the window and then run away, though the residence. Waugh knocked on the door until “several minutes later” Roach opened the door and invited deputies inside, the complaint stated.
After advising Roach of why deputies were at the residence, the complaint states Roach led Waugh to a freezer in the basement of the home. Waugh observed a glass jar in the freezer which allegedly contained pseudoephedrine mixed with acetone, according to the complaint.
Roach then led Waugh to another freezer in the kitchen where another glass jar was located, allegedly containing “altered pseudoephedrine,” according to the complaint. Also located in the residence, coffee filters, a plastic bag containing clear liquid with a “milky, white suspension,” according to the complaint.
If convicted on the felony charge of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab, Roach could face jail time in a state correctional facility for not less than two nor more than 10 years, or fined not less than $5,000 nor more than $25,000, or both.
In regards to the possession of altered pseudoephedrine charge, the West Virginia Code states, any person who knowingly possesses any amount of ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, phenylpropanolamine or other designated precursor with the intent to use it in the manufacture of methamphetamine, or who knowingly possesses a substance containing ephedrine, pseudoephedrine or phenylpropanolamine or their salts, optical isomers or salts of optical isomers in a state or form which is, or has been altered or converted from the state or form in which these chemicals are, or were, commercially distributed, is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, could be imprisoned in a state correctional facility for not less than two nor more than 1o years, fined not more than $25,000, or both imprisoned or fined.
Roach was transported to the Western Regional Jail where he remained incarcerated as of Tuesday evening.
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