Police arrested a man this week for allegedly driving around Elkins with materials commonly used to make methamphetamine in his vehicle.
Lindsey Parker Roy II, 40, of Elkins was arrested Sunday for one felony count of attempting to operate a clandestine lab after police allegedly found drain opener among other items in his vehicle.
According to the criminal complaint in the Randolph County Magistrate Clerk's Office, Trooper M.J. Wilson with the Elkins detachment of the West Virginia State Police was on routine road patrol at 9:38 p.m. when he saw a white GMC pick-up truck turn onto South Davis Avenue from 10th Street. Just minutes earlier, Randolph County Sheriff's Deputy B.T. Sharp had spotted the vehicle parked in front of a residence located in the 1000 block of South Kerens Avenue, which belongs to Roy, the report states.
Wilson then followed the vehicle, as it drove down South Davis Avenue, turned right onto 13th Street, continued onto Lavalette Avenue and turned right onto 15th Street. Wilson saw the vehicle pull off the road and stop at the intersection of 15th Street and Taylor Avenue.
Roy then exited the driver's side of the pick-up truck, at which point Wilson asked if he could search the vehicle. Roy reportedly gave verbal consent to the search. Roy told Wilson "there was nothing illegal" in the vehicle, according to the report.
Wilson allegedly found two gray duffle bags containing two packs of Energizer lithium batteries, a pack of coffee filters, an opened ice compress pack and a bottle of drain opener. Trooper First Class D.R. Wolford, a certified clandestine lab technician, was also present at the time Roy's vehicle was searched. Wolford verified that the items in the duffle bags "were consistent with the precursors used to manufacture methamphetamine," Wilson wrote in the report.
Roy's bond was set at $10,000 cash only.
The penalty for a person convicted of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory is two to 10 years in the state penitentiary, a fine between $5,000 and $25,000 or both.