Man arrested on meth charge

The West Virginia State Police arrested a Crawford man Tuesday evening after he was discovered allegedly carrying a plastic bottle of methamphetamine after a car wreck on U.S. 33 near Buckhannon.

Wesley Ray Stephen McCartney, 25, of 470 Cherry Fork Road, is charged with operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab, according to a complaint filed in Upshur County Magistrate Court.

The complaint stated that McCartney allegedly was a passenger in a vehicle that wrecked on U.S. 33 around 4 p.m. Tuesday. Witnesses to the accident told state troopers that a man had walked away from the crash site carrying items. A man matching the description given to the state police was later located walking along Old U.S. Route 33, and the man was identified as McCartney, according to the complaint.

McCartney was asked to place the items he was carrying on the ground. The complaint stated that when a state trooper reached down to pick up what looked like a light jacket that McCartney had been carrying, a soda bottle believed to contain a cooking methamphetamine lab rolled out.

The complaint stated that McCartney began crying, and he then placed his hands behind his back without being asked to do so by the state trooper.