An Elkins man was arrested Wednesday after police allegedly discovered a slew of ingredients used to make methamphetamine in a storage unit he had been renting.
Jeremy Scott Davis, 33, of 101 Wilson Lane, was charged with one felony count of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine laboratory.
According to the criminal complaint in the Randolph County Magistrate Clerk's office, Deputy Sheriff D.L. VanMeter with the Randolph County Sheriff's Office made contact with Jeremy Davis' wife, Carolyn Davis, in the magistrate clerk's office Monday when she was attempting to secure a protective order against her husband.
Carolyn Davis reportedly told VanMeter that her husband had been arrested for domestic battery Sunday night following a domestic incident. (Magistrate court records indicate Jeremy Davis was arrested for domestic battery, a misdemeanor.) Prior to the domestic incident and arrest, however, Carolyn Davis said her husband allegedly left the couple's residence with a garbage bag and a "dark-colored" duffle bag and later returned without the duffle bag, the complaint states.
When Jeremy Davis was arrested Sunday night, he left the keys to an Aero Self Storage unit located on the Beverly Five-lane. On Monday, Carolyn Davis took the keys and went to remove some of her belongings from the unit, she told VanMeter. When she opened the unit, she found the same dark-colored duffle bag Davis had left with the night before - and discovered that it contained materials allegedly used to manufacture meth.
The same day, VanMeter and Patrolman B.T. Tice with the Elkins Police Department executed a search warrant on the storage unit after verifying that Jeremy Davis' name was on the lease for the unit.
Inside the unit, VanMeter and Tice - a certified clandestine laboratory technician - allegedly located a blue duffle bag filled with a number of methamphetamine precursors, including Coleman fuel, clear tubing lined with a white residue, coffee filters, cold packs and a green plastic bottle also containing residue.
Tice performed a field test on a blue funnel and a clipboard, both of which returned a positive result for the presence of methamphetamine.
Magistrate court records indicate that Jeremy Davis was charged with three felony counts of forgery and three felony counts of uttering in late February for defrauding three people to whom he sold insurance. Prior to his arrest Wednesday, Jeremy Davis had been free on a $500 cash-only bond.
Magistrate Rob Elbon set bond at $25,000 cash only Wednesday, and Jeremy Davis remained in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail as of presstime.
The penalty for a conviction of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine laboratory is imprisonment in the state penitentiary for two to 10 years, a fine between $5,000 and $25,000 or both.
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