Man facing clandestine drug lab charge
ELKINS — A Parsons man is under arrest for allegedly possessing items for a methamphetamine lab and fentanyl.
Jeffrey Barb, 66, of 107 Long Street, Parsons, is being charged with operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab and possession of fentanyl, both felony charges. Barb is being held on a $50,000 cash only bond set by Randolph County Magistrate George Riggleman.
According to a complaint filed in Randolph County Magistrate Court by West Virginia State Police Trooper First Class D.T. Stallings, on Sunday at around 5:32 p.m., law enforcement officers were advised by Randolph County 911 Communications of a reckless driving complaint for a black Ford 150 traveling south on U.S. Route 250 from Barbour County to Randolph County. Two additional complaints claimed the vehicle was swerving across multiple lanes of traffic and left of center.
According to the complaint, at around 5:51 p.m., the vehicle was located by Corporal C.G. Boatwright of the Elkins Police Department. The truck was found in the fire lane of the Shop n’ Save at 1513 Harrison Ave. in Elkins. Boatwright advised the driver, identified as Barb, was passed out in the driver’s seat of the vehicle.
Stallings and Trooper E.B. Malcomb arrived on scene and found Barb to be unsteady on his feet and his speech to be slurred. Officers could not detect the odor of alcoholic beverages and officers obtained written consistent from Barb to search the truck,
“Inside the vehicle a black in color bag was located housing a glass vial which contained a small quantity of a white in color powdered substance, which field tested positive for the presence of both methamphetamine and fentanyl,” it states in the complaint. “Additionally, in the vehicle, a glass beaker, multiple glass vials, glass connecting rods, two strands of connective tubing, a flame element and a canister of Coleman fuel were located around the above stated bag.”
According to the complaint, the items found are common laboratory components used in the manufacture and manipulation of chemicals.
“Heat marks and burned residue, indicative of use, were observed on multiple pieces of the seized equipment,” the complaint states. “White powder residue was observed in the glass connecting rods which field tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine.”
According to the complaint, Malcomb requested Barb submit to a field sobriety test, to which he agreed. Barb’s results on the test showed signs of impairment. Barb was placed under arrest and taken to the West Virginia State Police Elkins Detachment for processing. Barb declined to submit to a blood draw. Barb was then transported to the Tygart Valley Regional Jail.