Belington man facing meth charges

A Belington man is free on bond after police arrested him this week for allegedly having a meth lab in his vehicle.

According to information from Barbour County Magistrate Court, Cody Phillips was charged with operating or attempting to operate a clandestine lab, a felony, after police allegedly found a mobile methamphetamine lab in his vehicle March 1.

Phillips was not arrested until Tuesday.

According to a Wednesday press release issued by Belington Police Chief Keith Rowan, Sgt. D.J. Harris with the BPD discovered the lab during a routine traffic stop at approximately 3 or 3:30 a.m. March 1.

Rowan did not know the reason for the initial stop, but a magistrate court official told The Inter-Mountain that Harris stopped Phillips because he knew his driver’s license was suspended.

Harris smelled a “strong odor, consistent with that of a methamphetamine lab” emanating from inside the vehicle, according to the press release.

After obtaining permission to search Phillips’ vehicle, Harris searched the vehicle and found a “working” meth lab in the trunk as well as other meth precursors stored in various locations throughout the car.

Neither Rowan nor Barbour County Magistrate Court could provide information about what items were found in Phillips’ vehicle.

Barbour County Magistrate Tina M. Mouser set bond at $20,000 surety; Harris is free on bond.

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