Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

June 4, 2014

Man remains incarcerated on drug charges

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

WELCH — A man who police say was operating a meth lab in a backpack while riding on a bicycle in McDowell County remains incarcerated in lieu of a $60,000 bond.

Dennis Eugene Baker Jr., 31, of War, was charged with operating a meth lab and unlawful possession of a controlled substance in connection with the May 29 incident, according to an earlier report by Chief Deputy Roger Deel of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Department.

Baker has not made bond, and remains incarcerated at the Southern Regional Jail, according to Sgt. James Muncy. A preliminary hearing in the case will be held Friday before Magistrate Steve Cox.

Baker had an active meth lab in the backpack when police — acting upon an anonymous tip — located him in the Shaft Hollow area of Caretta on May 29. A sheriff’s department team trained in how to disable meth labs was called to the scene and disabled the active lab.

Deel said the portable backpack meth lab created a very dangerous situation for the community and the responding officers — as such portable meth labs are highly explosive.

Muncy said a can of pills was later found in Baker’s possession at the county holding facility which led to the unlawful possession of a controlled substance charge.

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