Upshur man arrested on meth charges

A Buckhannon man was arrested Friday vy law enforcement officers on charges that he was operating a mobile methamphetamine lab in his car.

Joshua W. Cramner, 31, of 802 Valley Green Drive, is facing a felony charge of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab. His bond was set at $100,000.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Upshur County Magistrate Court, emergency responders were dispatched by the Upshur County 911 Communications Office to Hackers Creek Road on Sept. 7, following a call made by someone in a passing vehicle about a man who appeared to be slumped over the steering wheel. Cramner told responders that he did not have a place to live and was staying in his vehicle.

West Virginia Tpr. 1st Class B.K. Wright noticed tubing protruding from a backpack inside the vehicle. The complaint stated that Cramner started to get nervous when police began asking questions about the bag. He allegedly left on foot and then returned to ask for items from his vehicle. The vehicle was later removed from the area by Tennerton Auto and taken to the Buckhannon detachment of the West Virginia State Police for public safety and the security of its contents.

After obtaining a search warrant the same day, Senior Trooper V. J. Pyles searched the vehicle’s contents and found a “shake-and-bake style” of methamphetamine laboratory with a “large amount of pressure on it,” the complaint stated. Pyles released the pressure and took samples, which were later identified to be consistent with methamphetamine.