FRAZIERS BOTTOM — Two people have been arrested and are facing charges after being accused of operating a meth lab.
Donald W. Nichols, 47, LaBelle, Pa., and Samantha J. Phillips, 25, Fraziers Bottom, have both been charged with operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory. Both appeared for arraignment before Magistrate Cheryl Miller Ross who set their bonds at $100,000, each. As of press time on Monday, both remained incarcerated at the Western Regional Jail.
According to the criminal complaint filed in Mason County Magistrate Court, deputies with the Mason County Sheriff’s Department recently responded to a complaint of a possible meth lab located at 68 Grant Street in Fraziers Bottom. Deputies spoke with the residents at that location, identified in the complaint as Phillips and Nichols, with Phillips giving consent to search the residence, according to deputies.
During the search of the property, deputies report finding a “gas generator,” as well as several cans of camping fuel, several empty cans of Drano drain cleaner, as well as salt, coffee filters and two small bottles of what the complaint identifies as alleged methamphetamine.
If convicted of operate or attempt to operate a clandestine drug laboratory, a defendant could face prison time of not less than two years, nor more than 10 years, fined not less than $5,000 nor more than $25,000, or both.
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