Lewis man charged with operating 14 meth labs

A Weston man remains behind bars in lieu of a $50,000 bond and is facing charges of operating 14 methamphetamine labs in neighboring residences.

Shane Jeffries, 20, was arrested by Lewis County sheriff’s deputies and Weston police officers earlier this week after police responded to a complaint of a foul odor coming from a Henry Street residence. Weston police officers said the items believed to be used in a meth lab were in plain sight.

Lt. Dave Parks of the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department said officers secured the residence and obtained a search warrant for the Henry Street house and an adjacent one on Edward Street, which was vacant at the time.

“They were doing the one-pot technique,” Parks said. “Every time they cooked the meth, they put the ingredients into just one pot.”

Parks said Jeffries’ arrest is the first of more to come, and that Jeffries could be facing additional charges. Jeffries is being held in the Central Regional Jail.

Parks said the sheriff’s department has shut down about 30 meth labs since the first of the year.