POINT PLEASANT — An alleged mobile meth lab was busted rolling through Point Pleasant on Monday.
John Miller, 40, of Liberty, was arrested by personnel with the Point Pleasant Police Department and charged with operate or attempt to operate a clandestine lab. He was arraigned by Magistrate Cheryl Ross with his bond set at $100,000. Miller remained housed at the Western Regional Jail as of Tuesday evening.
According to the official criminal complaint, Point Pleasant Police Chief Joe Veith made a traffic stop after observing an expired motor vehicle sticker on a car Miller was a passenger in near the area of 12th Street in Point Pleasant. Following the stop, the complaint says Miller identified the car as belonging to him with a driver and another passenger also in the vehicle. Everyone was asked to exit the vehicle and upon patting down Miller, the complaint says an empty syringe was found in his front pocket with Miller allegedly telling officers he had “shot up heroin.”
At this point the K-9 unit operated by Cpl. Finnicum with the West Virginia State Police was called to sniff the vehicle with the dog hitting on the side door. Eventually, a black duffel bag was removed from the vehicle and inside it, officers reported items consistent with a mobile meth lab — items listed in the complaint were coffee filter, Coleman fuel, sulfuric acid, lithium strips, Gatorade bottle with suspected meth lab components inside, ammonia nitrate (ice pack), rock salt, tubing, measuring device.
At this point, Lt. Steven Greene, meth lab tech, with the Mason County Sheriff’s Department, was called to the scene to collect and inventory items for evidence. The complaint says Miller denied ownership of the black duffel bag.
Additional charges are pending for passengers who were in the vehicle with Miller, according to the PPPD.