From staff reports
PARKERSBURG - Two men early Wednesday morning were arrested on methamphetamine charges in what is being called among the largest meth labs busted to date by the Parkersburg Violent Crime and Narcotics Task Force.
Chad Lane Wilson, 33, 639 Riverview Drive, Belmont, and James Andrew Brogle, 20, 1304 Camden Ave., were taken into custody at the Log Cabin Motel on Pike Street in Parkersburg, the task force said.
The arrests were a result of surveillance at local pharmacies and other locations to identify, locate and arrest methamphetamine makers, the task force said. Traffic stops by the Parkersburg Police Department and intelligence gathered by task force agents during the surveillance led to the arrests about 2 a.m. Wednesday, the task force said.
Police and task force agents forcibly entered room 9 where they found two men ingesting suspected bath salts and manufacturing methamphetamine, the task force said. Misleadingly marketed as bath salts, the substances contain an amphetamine.
After minimal resistance, the two men were removed from their contaminated clothing, redressed in Tyvek suits, then taken to the Wood County Holding Center to await an appearance in Wood County Magistrate Court today, the task force said.
A search of the motel room also found items and chemicals used in the production of methamphetamine, the task force said. Agents worked until 6:30 a.m. identifying, collecting and removing items and chemicals found during the processing of the scene, the task force said.
"This was one of the largest alleged methamphetamine laboratories to date, being the sixth methamphetamine laboratory processed by the PNTF since only Feb. 3 of this year," the task force said.
Wilson and Brogle were charged with one felony each of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory, which carries a penalty is 2-10 years in prison. Charges against other individuals are possible, the task force said.
The task force is made up of investigators from the Vienna and Parkersburg police departments, the Wood County Sheriff's Department and West Virginia State Police.