Man facing meth charge

BUCKHANNON – A Buckhannon man who allegedly fled from the scene of a vehicle crash in October was arrested this week on a methamphetamine-related charge.

John Ellis Frame, 40, of 43 Hampton Road, is being held in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $100,000 bond after he was arrested Monday and charged with a felony count of operating or attempting to operate a methamphetamine laboratory.

According to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office, Frame allegedly left the scene of a motor vehicle accident that occurred on Oct. 6 before police arrived. The accident occurred on Hickory Flat Road in Buckhannon, the complaint states.

Cpl. R.S. Rolenson, who prepared the report, wrote that Frame “did unlawfully and intentionally have assembled in his possession chemicals and equipment for the purpose of manufacturing methamphetamine.”

Police allegedly found lithium batteries, tubing, coffee filters, ammonium nitrate, a “funnel with white residue,” clear liquid and plastic bags in Frame’s abandoned vehicle, the complaint states.

“This was located in the defendant’s vehicle as he was involved in (a) vehicle crash on Hickory Flat Road,” Rolenson wrote.

Lewis County Magistrate Michael Gissy arraigned Frame Monday, setting bond at $100,000, including $50,000 cash only and $50,000 via a bail bondsman. Frame remained in the TVRJ as of presstime.

The penalty for a conviction of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab is confinement in a state penitentiary for two to 10 years, a fine between $5,000 and $25,000 or both.

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