Belington residents facing meth charges

Two more Belington residents have been arrested on felony methamphetamine-related charges in Barbour County Wednesday, following three meth arrests in the town earlier this week.

Misty D. Edman, 26, and Cody Aaron Phillips, 29, both of 506 Hall Ave., are charged with operating or attempting to operate a clandestine lab and conspiracy, according to the criminal complaint. Both defendants were arraigned Wednesday in Barbour County Magistrate Court.

The criminal complaint states that Sgt. B.A. Miller of the Barbour County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint Tuesday that the defendants were cooking methamphetamine at the Belington residence which belongs to Phillips’ mother. Miller and officers from the West Virginia State Police then searched the residence after receiving consent of the owner, the complaint stated.

According to the complaint, the manufacturing of methamphetamine was discovered in the garage of the home. Edman was sitting in a vehicle within the garage at that time. The complaint stated that she gave consent to search the vehicle, and more evidence was discovered in the trunk.

A $75,000 surety bond was set for each defendant.

On Monday, James Allen Bennett, 39, of Belington, and Tonya Lynn Bowers, 33, of 200 Beverly Pike, Belington, were arrested on charges of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine lab. A surety bond for each defendant was set at $50,000. Bowers posted bond Tuesday, but Bennett was still being held in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail as of Wednesday afternoon.

Randall Jackson Coontz, 31, of Route 2, Box 275, Belington, was arrested Monday on a felony charge of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine lab. He posted a $50,000 surety bond Tuesday.