Two accused in meth lab charges

Two Elkins residents were arrested on methamphetamine-related charges Wednesday, according to police.

April Marie Chenoweth, 33, was arrested for operating or attempting to operate a clandestine laboratory, a felony, and Jeremy Allan Roberts, 40, was arrested for purchase, receipt, acquisition and possession of substances to be used as precursor to manufacture of methamphetamine or another controlled substance, also a felony.

West Virginia State Police officials received a tip from two subjects as well as information from a Child Protective Services assessment and acquired a search warrant for 406 Jacquelyn Drive in Elkins, supposedly where Chenoweth was residing, according to the police report.

Police found a gas generator that contained purple crystals alongside a nearly empty can of Coleman fuel, an empty box of allergy medication and a nasal decongestant, as well as a receipt for lithium batteries, two cans of denatured alcohol, a bottle of 50-percent isopropyl alcohol and a bottle of hydrogen peroxide, all ingredients commonly used to make methamphetamine.

Officers also found three plastic bottles in a blue bag. Two of the bottles were inside a Lucky Charms cereal box; one of those bottles was identified as a “shake and bake” meth lab, according to the police report.

Roberts advised in an interview with police that he had purchased pseudophedrine for Chenoweth to manufacture meth several times over the course of the past six months, according to the police report.

State Police officials were able to obtain an inquiry from NPLEx, or the National Precursor Log Exchange, a database that is used to track meth users, that showed that Roberts had purchased pseudophedrine during the six-month time period exceeding the limit of 7.2 grams purchased in a 30-day period, according to the official police report.

Both Roberts and Chenoweth were arraigned on Wednesday by Magistrate George M. Riggleman. Roberts is free on a $10,000 cash or surety bond. Chenoweth is being held at Tygarts Valley Regional Jail on a $50,000 cash only bond.

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