UPDATE: One man has been arrested following the discovery of a meth lab in the Warriormines area in McDowell County.
John William White Jr., 40, of the War area was arrested and charged with attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory, said Sgt. James Muncy of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Department. White was arraigned before Magistrate Steve Cox and placed on a $50,000 cash-only bond. One juvenile was taken into custody by the state Department of Health and Human Resources.
White is awaiting transport to the South Western Regional Jail, Muncy said.
The sheriff’s department was called to assist the War Police Department at 9:59 p.m. Wednesday after that department received a tip about a meth lab in the Warriormines area, Muncy said. The Southern Regional Drug and Violent Crime Task Force responded to the scene along with the War Volunteer Fire Department.
Details are sketchy at the time, but one person was arrested and McDowell County authorities seized an active meth lab that was located in Warriormines, near War, according to a press release from the office of McDowell County Sheriff Martin West.
Sheriff’s deputies were called in late Wednesday night to assist the War Police Department in the investigation of the suspected meth lab, according to a press release. Authorities determined that it was an active meth lab, seized the lab and made one arrest. Sgt. James Muncy of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Department said that more details will be made available later today.
For more on this story, see Friday’s edition of the Bluefield Daily Telegraph.