MASON COUNTY — Two alleged meth labs have been found on opposite ends of the county — one in Mason, one in Southside.
The bust in Southside happened on Thursday, Feb. 14, while the one in Mason happened on Friday, Feb. 15.
According to the criminal complaint filed in Mason County Magistrate Court, Timothy H. Nelson, 31, Southside, has been charged with operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab by the Mason County Sheriff’s Department. The complaint says Sgt. Robert Fruth discovered what was described as a shake and bake meth lab at Nelson’s residence, located at 9262 Little 16 Mile Creek Rd.
Lt. S. Greene was also called to the scene to do field testing, with a container allegedly testing positive for meth and what law enforcement allege to be meth in its finished state also observed at the residence. In addition, rubber gloves, a disposable mask and a food processor with white residue believed to be Sudafed was confiscated.
Nelson appeared before Mason County Magistrate Cheryl Miller Ross who set his bond at $100,000.
According to another criminal complaint filed in Mason County Magistrate Court, Raven M. Wallace, 27, Point Pleasant, has also been charged with operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab in a case investigated by the Mason Police Department and the Mason County Sheriff’s Department. Sgt. T.L. Powell, Jr., conducted a traffic stop on a 1993 Ford with Ohio tags due to the passenger side headlight not working. During the traffic stop, Wallace gave a signed consent allowing Powell to search several bags in the bed of the truck.
The complaint says located inside these bags were two, alleged meth labs. Powell called Lt. S. Greene from the Mason County Sheriff’s Department to go through the items in the bags and to do testing of the materials. Some of the items discovered, according to the criminal complaint, were lithium batteries, drain out, drain crystals, small containers labeled salt, nitra and lye, tubing, funnels, mini food processor with white powder residue, coffee filters, Coleman fuel, baggy containing glass straws, baggie containing soda bottle caps, two new boxes of pseudoephetamine max strength tablets, two sets of scales, baggies with twist ties. Greene also field tested a small amount of white powder substance which allegedly tested positive for methamphetamine.
Wallace was initially transported to the Mason Police Department and later appeared before Magistrate Ross who set her bond at $100,000.
At press time, both Wallace and Nelson, were still being housed at the Western Regional Jail.
The latest law enforcement statistics show Mason County ranked second only to Kanawha County when it came to the highest number of meth lab busts in the state. When that statistic was further broken down, it revealed there was a known meth lab for every 303 people in Mason County and a known meth lab for every 2,090 residents of Kanawha County.