Two arrested on meth charges

BUCKHANNON – Two people were arrested after police allegedly found an active meth lab in a Buckhannon apartment Monday evening.

Rebecca Varner, 28, of Belington, and Nicholas Wayne Burr, 26, of Buckhannon, were arrested at Burr’s apartment Monday. Each was charged with one felony count of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine meth lab. A $125,000 cash or surety bond was set in Upshur County Magistrate Court Tuesday.

The Buckhannon Fire Department, Buckhannon Police Department and Upshur County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene after they were dispatched on a complaint of a strong odor at the Valley Green Apartments in Buckhannon Monday, officials said.

According to the criminal complaint on file at the Upshur County Sheriff’s office, officers knocked on the door of the apartment, and when Varner answered them, they detected a strong burning smell.

Burr then allegedly came downstairs and told police that he and some friends were upstairs smoking.

The report states that, at the time of Burr’s explanation, members of the Buckhannon Fire Department entered the first floor of the apartment with oxygen meters and asked everyone to step outside.

Two fire department members in full gear, Richie Riggleman and Arron Goff, entered the residence with the meters and soon after exited and notified officers they discovered a shake and bake lab, according to the complaint.

Police then secured the apartment and obtained a search warrant. Meth lab technicians Cpl. Jason Queen, with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department, and Nick Caynor, with the Buckhannon Police Department, entered the apartment, located the meth lab and rendered it inert, the complaint stated.

The officers completed a search and found components of a second meth lab, including lithium batteries, peroxide, cold packs, Coleman fuel, coffee filters and other items used to make methamphetamine, according to the complaint.