From Staff Reports
KEYSER, W.Va. — Keyser Police and West Virginia state troopers put an alleged methamphetamine lab out of business on North Church Street in Keyser late Monday afternoon. Two residents were arrested and two children present at the time were placed in the custody of a relative.
The meth amphetamine operation — described as a very portable “quick-bake” setup — was discovered when police executed a search warrant shortly after 5 p.m. at 29 N. Church St.
Tyler C. King, 26, and Kristina N. Mc-Kone, 25, who resided at the property, were arrested at the scene without incident.
A toddler and an infant were placed in the custody of a relative, pending investigation by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services, Child Protective Services.
King was charged with operating a clandestine meth-amphetamine laboratory and jailed Monday afternoon at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail in Augusta on $21,500 bond set by a Mineral County magistrate.
McKone was charged with purchase and possession of substances to manufacture methamphetamines and was held at the regional jail Monday afternoon on bond of $18,800 set by a magistrate.
Various toxic materials were seized and taken to a Hardy County toxic storage facility. Safe disposal of the materials was being coordinated by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.
The property was reportedly being rented by the defendants. The residence was quarantined by police after the toxic drug lab operation was discovered.
Keyser Police Chief Karen Shoemaker said the incident marked the “first methamphetamine lab” discovered in the city of Keyser.
“This is the first one within the city of Keyser. Surrounding counties have dealt with this. That’s why we called in West Virginia State Police, and they were very helpful to us. We are aggressively pursuing prosecution.
“This is a dangerous situation and there were children in the house where the lab was discovered and where the arrests were made. It was a quick investigation that began with a citizen’s tip,” said Shoemaker.
Anyone with information about drug activity in the city is urged by the chief to contact Keyser Police at 304-788-1311.
The investigation that led to Monday’s arrest and discovery of the alleged methamphetamine laboratory is continuing.