CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Three Kanawha County residents are in jail after being accused of running a meth lab from a home near Charleston.
According to Sgt. Larry O'Bryan of the Quincy detachment of the West Virginia State Police, troopers went to a house on Rutledge Road near Charleston at about 11:45 p.m. Monday to investigate multiple complaints about drug activity. When they got there, they were given permission to search the house and outbuildings.
Troopers allegedly found materials in the house used for making methamphetamine. They also allegedly found a loaded .30-30 rifle, a loaded SKS semi-automatic rifle, a loaded .22 caliber rifle, a loaded Soviet-era Mosin-Nagant bolt-action military rifle, .380 caliber pistol and a 12 gauge sawed-off shotgun, O'Bryan said.
In the yard, troopers allegedly found a blue Jeep Wrangler and a partly disassembled all-terrain vehicle. Both vehicles had been reported as stolen. O'Bryan said Earl Michael Myers, 33, who lived at the house, allegedly told troopers he traded drugs for the vehicles.
Myers was arrested and charged with operating a clandestine drug lab and receiving and transferring stolen property. Also arrested were Jonathan Michael Harris, 30, of Charleston, and Tina Jean Belcher, 25, of Elkview.Harris and Belcher were both in the South Central Regional Jail on Tuesday, with bond set at $25,000 each. Myers was being held at the South Central Regional Jail without bond, due to a previous arrest for similar charges.