WEST COLUMBIA — A West Columbia man has been arrested by deputies with the Mason County Sheriff’s Department who say he was allegedly operating a meth lab.
Charles F. Oliver, 37, was charged with operate or attempt to operate a clandestine lab following his arrest on Friday. He was arraigned by Mason County Magistrate Cheryl Miller Ross, who set his bond at $100,000. As of Monday evening, he remained housed at the Western Regional Jail, where he was originally booked on Saturday.
According to the official criminal complaint filed in magistrate court, deputies responded to Oliver’s residence at 17510 Ohio River Road, attempting to serve court papers to Oliver. Upon arrival, Oliver opened the front door and invited deputies Cavender, Waugh and Veith, as well as Sgt. F.O. Terry, into the residence. According to the complaint, when Oliver opened the door, Cavender detected what he described as a “strong chemical odor” emitting from the residence and after getting written consent to search the residence, Waugh located a camouflage backpack in a bedroom in the back of the house.
According to the complaint, the backpack allegedly contained Coleman fuel, liquid drain cleaner, crystal drain cleaner, ice packs and a bottle lid with tubing coming out of it.
Terry then called for Lt. S.L. Greene, who is also a meth technician at the sheriff’s department, to collect samples of the products and to clean up the alleged meth lab.
If convicted, Oliver could face not less than two nor more than 10 years in jail, or fined not less than $5,000 nor more than $25,000, or both.
Deputy Cavender is the arresting officer in this case.
News of the bust first broke on the Mason Deputies Facebook page.
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