POINT PLEASANT — A Point Pleasant man has been arrested and accused of attempting to manufacture methamphetamine.
Kelly G. Bonecutter, 28, was arrested on Sunday by deputies with the Mason County Sheriff’s Department and has been charged with operating or attempting to operate a clandestine lab and possession of altered pseudoephedrine. He appeared in Mason County Magistrate Court on Monday with Magistrate Gail Roush setting his bond at $50,000. As of Monday evening, he remained housed in the Western Regional Jail.
According to the official criminal complaint filed in magistrate court, deputies responded to a residence located at 762 Quillen Lane, just outside Point Pleasant in regards to a possible meth lab found inside the residence. Upon arrival, deputies spoke to one of the residents who stated he’d found a blue and white container with that he believed to be meth products inside the same room where Bonecutter was sleeping. Deputies say the resident also stated he found a bait container behind the garage which had items he believed were used to make meth or had already been used.
The complaint says the blue and white container, which was found in the same room as Bonecutter, contained two gas generators, two bottles with holes burned in them, one glass jar, one yellow plastic cup and aluminum foil. Also found, a hollowed-out lithium battery, the complaint said.
The bait container contained two gas generators and rock salt, according to the complaint.
The complaint states, also found around the residence was a “shake and bake” as well as Liquid Fire, professional strength Drano crystal and more lithium batteries cut open. The “shake and bake” was found approximately 75-100 feet from the house, the complaint said.
According to the complaint, Cpl. C. Rhodes, meth tech from the sheriff’s department, stated all listed ingredients could be used to create and operate a meth lab.
If convicted on the charge of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine lab, Bonecutter could face prison time of not less than two, nor more than 10 years, or fined no less than $5,000 nor more than $25,000, or both.
Investigating this case is Deputy M.L. Stewart, with assistance from Cpl. Rhodes and Deputy J.C. Johnson.
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