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Police officers shut down mobile meth lab

March 30, 2009
By Gary Mallonee, Staff Writer

A man wanted on parole violations by the West Virginia Department of Corrections was stopped by officers Thursday afternoon on Corridor H east of Buckhannon. It was during that stop that officers allegedly found a mobile methamphetamine lab in the trunk.

According the report, Chief Deputy M.R. Kelley of the Upshur County Sheriff's Department was on patrol in the Nebo area when he observed a subject matching the description of the wanted man driving a black Volkswagon sedan west on Corridor H. Kelley called for backup units and followed the vehicle until assistance arrived. Officers then executed a felony traffic stop near the Upshur County Industrial Park access road.

Floyd Roby, 31, of Buckhannon was taken into custody without incident by sheriff's deputies. Further investigation revealed that concealed in a large container in the trunk of the vehicle was an active meth lab, still in the processing stage. Technicians from the West Virginia BCI were called to the scene, as well as a Hazmat cleanup crew from Parkersburg. Deputies were on scene for nearly six hours during the cleanup.

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(CU and The Inter-Mountain/Gary Mallonee)
DRUG BUST — The Upshur County Sheriff’s Department discovered a mobile methamphetamine lab in the trunk of this Volkswagen sedan following a traffic stop Thursday on Corridor H .

The sheriff's department was assisted on scene by Jeff Craig, a Department of Natural Resources officer, and officers from the West Virginia State Police BCI.

Roby is currently in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail and no bond has been set. Local charges will be filed at a later date.

Law enforcement has been actively seeking Roby's whereabouts for the past six weeks. During that time, deputies seized a vehicle in the Valley Green area Roby had operated that allegely contained precursors to a clandestine drug lab.

Less than two weeks ago, police arrested 48-year-old John Michael Spaur on similar charges.

According to the report, Spaur, of Buckhannon, was arrested and charged after police conducted a search of his home. The report states Upshur County Sheriff's Deputy Theron Caynor became suspicious after he observed a strong chemical odor coming from a residence on Route 151.

After obtaining a search warrant, an early morning drug raid was conducted by the sheriff's department's SWAT team who were assisted by the Buckhannon City Police and the West Virginia State Police. The report states that several items commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine were found at the residence.

Spaur was arraigned before Upshur County Magistrate J. Michael Coffman.

Spaur posted the $225,000 and was released from jail.

If convicted, he faces two to 10 years in prison and a fine between $5,000 and $25,000.

Spaur was also arrested on Nov. 3, 2008 for operating a clandestine lab at the same residence.



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