MARROWBONE – A second arrest has been made in connection with an alleged clandestine drug laboratory discovered in late July in the Marrowbone area of Mingo County.
On Monday, August 15, Sr. Trp. D. Contos with the Williamson Detachment of the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) executed a warrant for the arrest of Donald Bradley Marcum, 28 from Kermit on charges related to operating a clandestine laboratory, conspiracy, simple possession and fleeing on foot.
A criminal complaint states that on July 30, officers with the WVSP and the Kermit Police Department responded to the Marrowbone area in reference to an anonymous tip advising officers that several individuals were operating a clandestine drug laboratory.
When officers arrived on the scene, they allegedly observed Marcum, look out a second story window in his residence and shout, “Get rid of it!” Officers then watched as several items were thrown out of a rear window of the residence.
The criminal complaint states that one officer recovered a sports drink bottle that had been thrown out of the window. The bottle contained a white substance that officers believed to be methamphetamine.
Officers then entered the residence and allegedly observed several items inside known as precursors in the making of methamphetamine. A white baggy with five pills later identified as Diazepam was also discovered inside the residence.
An officer then located Marcum in a room of the residence. At that time, Marcum allegedly jumped from a second story window in the residence and ran into the woods.
Operating a clandestine laboratory is considered to be a felony offense. If Marcum is convicted on the charge of operating a clandestine laboratory, he 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 and if 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.)