(12/29/2011)
A Calhoun man has been arrested on charges related to the operation of a clandestine meth lab.

Issac Paul Bell, 21, is in Central Regional Jail on $20,000 bond, charged with operating or attempting to operate a clandestine meth lab and a charge of conspiracy.

Bell and Charles "Bucky" Bell were in the company of Allen Keith Carpenter, who was charged in November with operating a meth lab by the WV State Police.

Sgt. O. S. Starsick, according to a criminal complaint, indicated Carpenter fled a vehicle on foot after turning into a private driveway, after which a number of materials and items associated with the production of meth were discovered in the truck and in the truck bed.

Police said they interviewed all the subjects, including Bell, being advised either that they knew about the meth lab in the truck or said the meth lab belonged to them, according to the complaint.

The complaint said one or more of the subjects admitted to purchasing psuedoephedrine medicine to assist in the production of meth.

"All three subjects stated they had been under the influence of meth during the time of the traffic stop," the complaint says.

Bell had been indicted earlier this year by a Calhoun Grand Jury on charges of accessory before the fact of burglary, one count; conspiracy to commit a felony, one count.

ARNOLDSBURG MAN ARRESTED ON METH-MAKING CHARGES


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