WEST COLUMBIA, W.Va. — Two Mason County men have been arrested and accused of attempting to make methamphetamine.
Charles C. Sullivan, 47, and Brandon C. Conley, 27, both of West Columbia, have been charged with operate or attempt to operate a clandestine lab. Both men were arraigned before Mason County Magistrate Gail Roush who set their bonds at $100,000, each.
According to the criminal complaint filed in magistrate court, on Saturday, deputies with the Mason County Sheriff’s Department responded to a residence located at 648 Tincan Hollow Road in reference to “suspicious drug activity.” After knocking on the door of the residence, Conley, identified as the homeowner, opened the door and a deputy reported smelling a strong chemical odor emitting from his residence. Conley then reportedly invited Deputy J.L. Cavender, Sgt. F.O. Terry and Deputy J.T. Veith into the home where a deputy reported seeing multiple syringes and a spoon on the kitchen table. Sullivan was also located in the residence near the hallway which leads to a bathroom.
While in the residence, deputies were able to locate Zippo lighter fluid, multiple packs of Equate Instant Cold Compress, tubing, Liquid Lightening Drain Opener, multiple Energizer lithium batteries, one empty pack of Advil Cold and Sinus, ammonium nitrate and multiple empty pseudoephedrine pill packets.
In addition, deputies report finding a gas generator which had ammonium nitrate in it. The generator was located in the bathroom in the rear of the residence. Conley allegedly stated when deputies knocked on the door, Sullivan took the gas generator and ran towards the rear of the residence with it, according to the complaint.
Both men were still incarcerated at the Western Regional Jail as of Tuesday evening.
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