Mobile meth lab found

An Elkins woman remained incarcerated on a $10,000 cash-only bond Monday following her arrest Saturday for allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine.

Eileen Deshayes, 27, was charged with operating or attempting to operate a clandestine lab after police allegedly found materials commonly used to make methamphetamine in a hotel room that she had recently occupied.

According to the criminal complaint filed in the Randolph County Magistrate Clerk’s Office, Cpl. G.S. DeWeese with the Elkins detachment of the West Virginia State Police was traveling west on Route 33 East when he observed a gray Dodge Durango parked at the dumpsters near Journeez bar. DeWeese pulled over and talked to Deshayes and a man who identified himself as Michael Johnson.

Deshayes was throwing items away in the dumpster near Journeez, the complaint states, and when questioned, she told DeWeese she was throwing out trash from her vehicle.

DeWeese conducted a warrant check on both individuals and discovered that an active warrant existed on Deshayes for attempting to purchase more than the allowable amount of pseudoephedrine. Johnson reportedly told DeWeese that he and Deshayes had stayed at the EconoLodge due to a power outage.

Deshayes refused to give DeWeese permission to search her vehicle and was subsequently taken into custody by officers with the Elkins Police Department, according to the complaint.

DeWeese then went to the EconoLodge and, upon verifying that Deshayes had been a guest, obtained permission to search her room. The front desk attendant reportedly advised DeWeese that the room had not yet been cleaned by housekeeping staff.

In the trash can of Deshayes’ room, DeWeese allegedly found a small piece of clear tubing with a “jagged cut” on one end and several pairs of plastic gloves. Taking the clear tubing with him, the officer then went back to the dumpsters by Journeez and discovered a white bag.

Inside the bag, DeWeese discovered a Coca-Cola bottle with residue inside and plastic tubing sticking through a hole in the bottle’s lid.

“This item was consistent with an item used in a shake and bake meth lab,” DeWeese wrote in the complaint. Also inside the bag, DeWeese allegedly found more clear tubing, lithium batteries and a lithium strip.

DeWeese noted that the jagged edge of the clear tubing removed from Deshayes’ room at the EconoLodge “appeared to match up with one end of the tubing that was inserted into the Coke bottle.”

As of presstime Tuesday, Deshayes was being held in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail.

The penalty for operating or attempting to operate a clandestine lab is imprisonment for two to 10 years in the state penitentiary, a fine between $5,000 and $25,000, or both.