After receiving information about the possible operation of a methamphetamine lab on Friday, Cpl. Erick Lynch, Cpl. Andy Varian and Deputy Terry Powell of the Mason County Sheriff’s Department began an investigation of the alleged clandestine lab in a trailer park located near Jerry’s Run Road in Apple Grove.
According to the criminal complaint, the deputies received permission to search a mobile home located at 79 Nathan Lane, where they found Troy Mcqueen, 40, of Ashton, and David Myers, 48, of Point Pleasant, operating a finished clandestine lab. After receiving more information during their investigation, the officers went to 73 Nathan Lane and found James L. Smith Jr., 32, of Apple Grove, and Kimberly L. Kirk, 22, of Bidwell, Ohio, in possession of methamphetamine.
Also inside the home was a 2-month-old infant.
All four were charged with operating a clandestine lab. Smith and Kirk also were charged with exposure of children to methamphetamine manufacturing. The infant was placed in the custody of a family member.
Mcqueen is the owner of the trailer park where the labs were discovered. He also owns a local pawn shop.
If found guilty of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine lab, a person upon conviction can be confined in a state correctional facility 2-10 years and/or be fined $5,000-$25,000.
A clandestine drug laboratory refers to any property on or in which a person has assembled chemicals, equipment or a combination for the purpose of manufacturing methamphetamine. Any person convicted of the violation can be responsible for all reasonable costs associated with remediation of the site.
Exposure of children to methamphetamine manufacturing is charged to any person 18 years old or older who knowingly causes or permits a minor to be present in a location where methamphetamine is manufactured or attempted to be manufactured. If found guilty, the person can be confined to a state correctional facility for 1-5 years and/or fined up to $10,000. If the child suffers serious bodily injury, the penalty is 3-15 years and/or a fine up to $25,000.
All four were taken to the Western Regional Jail and appeared before Magistrate Cheryl Ross for arraignment. Ross set a bond of $50,000 each for Mcqueen and Myers and $100,000 each for Kirk and Smith.
Myers posted bond Saturday and has been released from the jail.