By KATE COIL
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
A McDowell County man is in custody following the discovery of a methamphetamine lab in his residence Tuesday.
Greer Orell, 20, of the Warriormine area near War, was arrested on charges of operation of a methamphetamine lab, according to McDowell County Sheriff Martin West. Orell is presently being held at the McDowell County Jail on a $25,000 bond issued by Magistrate Steve Cox, West said.
West said Orell lived with his father and had been operating a meth lab out of his father’s residence on William Pokey Road. West said Orell’s father has not been arrested.
“We executed a search warrant with the Southern Regional Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force and found different drugs and ingredients used to make meth,” West said. “It was a small lab and was actively producing some meth. We have sent the items from the lab to the state to be tested.”
West said the home has been condemned due to the dangerous nature of chemicals involved in the manufacturing of meth.
“The home has been condemned due to the dangers of these chemicals and we have placed a warning sign there,” he said. “The owner cannot return to the home. We have contacted the Department of Health and Human Resources as well as the county’s health department to let them know of this hazard. Before the homeowner can return, he has to pay for the home to be cleaned up. If the homeowner does not pay, the house will be condemned and destroyed. We will be letting professionals deal with the cleanup because this is such a serious situation.”
The lab is the second methamphetamine lab found in McDowell County. West said the first meth lab was found in the Carswell Hollow area of Kimball. West also said that meth is becoming a larger problem for the county.
“We are working on every tip and looking to set up a tip line to deal with drug issues,” West said. “Our drug problem is a major problem. People are dying every day. We are going to be busy because of this problem. People think this is a quick way to make money, but they don’t realize it’s sentence is two to 10 years in jail. With meth, you can face both state and federal charges.”
West said the incident is still under investigation by the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office and the Southern Regional Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force and would not comment if further arrests are pending related to the case.ˡ