Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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December 20, 2013

Meth lab found in McDowell; man arrested

WAR — One man was arrested following the late night discovery of a methamphetamine lab in the Warriormines area in McDowell County.

The War Police Department contacted the McDowell County Sheriff’s Department approximately 10 p.m. Wednesday after receiving tip about a meth lab in the Warriormines area, said Sgt. James Muncy of the sheriff’s department. The Southern Regional Drug and Violent Crime Task Force responded to the scene along with the War Volunteer Fire Department.

John William White Jr., 40, of the War area was arrested early Thursday morning 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. White’s 17-year-old daughter was present while meth was being cooked, Chief Deputy Mark Shelton said in his arrest report. The juvenile was taken into custody by the state Department of Health and Human Resources.

After obtaining permission to search the premises, White was found to be operating a clandestine drug lab in a garage adjacent to the house, Shelton said.

White was awaiting transport to the South Western Regional Jail Thursday.

The meth lab was the “shake and bake” variety, Muncy said. White did not own the residence.

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