CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A Cabell County man and a Kanawha County man were arrested after allegedly making meth in an RV in Dunbar, police said.
Johnie Wesley Mason IV, 40, of Huntington and Jason Edward McClanahan, 35, of Cross Lanes were arrested Tuesday in Dunbar.
Dunbar Lt. S.E. Elliott was dispatched Tuesday to the Hot Spot on Washington Street and Dunbar Avenue to investigate an abandoned RV. The owner of the business told Elliott he would call 911 if the owner came back, according to a complaint filed in Kanawha Magistrate Court.
Shortly after leaving, Metro Communications told Elliott the vehicle had been driven off the lot. Elliott stopped the RV after it passed him on Roxalana Road in the Low Gap area.
The driver, Mason, stepped out of the passenger side of the vehicle and started to approach the cruiser, he told Elliott that he'd just bought the RV and had no insurance or registration for it, the complaint said.
He said a friend he'd picked up at the "gambling joint" was in the RV and opened the door to call him out. McClanahan then came out of the RV.
That's when Elliott noted the odor associated with making meth coming from inside, the complaint said. Mason was arrested after dispatchers alerted Elliott that his license was revoked.
The officer told Mason he could have the RV towed but that he would have to inventory it first. Elliott searched the RV with Sgt. C.E. Shafer but had to open all of its windows when they were "overcome with the smell" associated with making meth, the complaint said. Officers found a backpack in the vehicle with hypodermic needles and meth making materials inside.
Mason and McClanahan were charged with attempting to operate a meth lab. Both are being held at South Central Regional Jail.
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