MATEWAN – Two face felony charges after county officials discover items used in a mobile clandestine lab in a back pack on the front of an ATV in the Beech Creek area of Mingo County.
Ryan Perkins, 31 from Matewan, and Paul Michael Varney Jr., 38 from Dingess, were arrested on Friday, June 24 by Cpl. L. J. Thomas, Cpl. E. Williams, and Dep. S. Messer with the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department (MCHS).
A criminal complaint states that a traffic stop was initiated after law enforcement noticed an ATV operating on a center line road in the Beech Creek area.
While officers were talking to Varney and Perkins, one officer noticed a bag containing several items used in a clandestine lab.
The complaint states that Varney allegedly admitted that he was aware that a mobile clandestine lab was inside the backpack on the front of the ATV. The complaint further states that Varney conspired with Perkins to operate the lab in the Beech Creek area.
A search of Perkins revealed a clear bag in his front jacket pocket. The bag allegedly contained smaller bags containing methamphetamine and crack cocaine, both of which are schedule II narcotics.
A search of Perkins revealed a pill bottle containing two Fioricet pills which are schedule III narcotics.
Both were transported to the regional jail located in Holden and were arraigned before Magistrate Brock Mounts.
Varney’s bond was set at $11,100 cash only. Perkins bond was set at $11,000 cash only.
Information in this article was obtained by use of criminal complaints. A criminal complaint is merely an accusation and those named should be considered innocent until proven guilty.