Man arrested for meth lab at historic park
A Volga man was charged with attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab Saturday after Upshur County sheriff’s deputies found him “trying to sleep” at Pringle Tree Park just outside of Buckhannon.
According to the complaint filed in Upshur County Magistrate Court, Jamie Roy Sothen, 22, of 301 Winding Lane Road, is being held in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail in lieu of a $125,000 bond.
The complaint stated that a deputy was patrolling Pringle Tree Park, just off West Virginia Route 20, shortly after midnight Saturday when he noticed a truck parked by the boat dock.
The complaint stated the deputy smelled burned marijuana and identified Sothen as the driver of the truck. Sothen allegedly told the deputy that he was “trying to sleep” and that he was “having car trouble,” according to the complaint.
A search of the vehicle uncovered a pipe and several needles, according to the complaint. The search also revealed chemicals and other equipment believed to be used in a clandestine drug lab, the complaint stated.
In other Upshur County police news, a Buckhannon man is behind bars and facing felony shoplifting charges for allegedly stealing several cameras from the local Wal Mart.
According to the complaint filed in Upshur County Magistrate Court, 31-year-old Joseph Wagner, of Route 1, Box 92N, is charged with three counts of shoplifting.
The complaint stated that Wagner removed a Sony Cyber Shot digital camera, valued at $350, from the Wal Mart in Buckhannon on Sept. 12. He is also alleged to have taken a Canon Rebel T3i digital camera, valued at $599, and a Canon Power Shot digital camera, valued at $429, from the same store on Sept. 17.
The complaint also stated that Wagner is alleged to have taken another Canon Power Shot digital camera, valued at $429, from the Wal Mart on Sept. 21.
Wagner is being held in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail in lieu of a $30,000 bond.