MARROWBONE – A Kermit woman was arrested for the operation of a clandestine laboratory after local law enforcement agencies discovered items inside a Marrowbone residence believed to be used to manufacture methamphetamine.
Reba Chaffins, 26 of Kermit, was arrested Friday, July 29 on charges related to the operation of a clandestine laboratory, conspiracy and simple possession by officers with the Williamson Detachment of the West Virginia State Police (WVSP), the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department and the Kermit Police Department.
According to a criminal complaint, officers responded to an anonymous tip of several individuals operating a clandestine laboratory in the Marrowbone area of Mingo County.
When officers arrived on the scene, they allegedly heard someone shout, “get rid of it.” The officers then observed a male individual run to the back of the residence and throw several items out of the residence that officers believed to be methamphetamine.
The criminal complaint states that officers entered the residence and witnessed a male individual jump out of the window in the side bedroom of the residence. Officers also observed a female later identified as Chaffins attempting to conceal herself inside the residence.
In the residence, officers allegedly observed several items known to be precursors in the making of methamphetamine as well as a small baggy containing five diazepam pills which is a schedule four controlled substance.
The officers also allegedly located several items inside the residence believed to be ingredients used to manufacture methamphetamine.
Chaffins was transported to the Southwestern Regional Jail located in Holden and was arraigned before Mingo Magistrate Jim Harvey on Saturday, July 30 at approximately 10 a.m.
Operating a clandestine laboratory is considered to be a felony offense. If Chaffins is convicted on the charge of operating a clandestine laboratory, she could spend two to 10 years in a state correctional facility and could be fined up to $25,000.
Information in this article was obtained by use of a criminal complaint which is public record. A criminal complaint is merely an accusation and those named should be considered innocent until proven guilty.
(Courtney Harrison is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)