A routine traffic stop in St. Albans led to the arrest of a man and a woman on drug charges.
About 5 p.m. Tuesday, patrolmen D. Meadows and P. Bass pulled a car over for running a stop sign at Fifth Avenue and Park Street, said Capt. James Agee, of the St. Albans Police Department. The male passenger refused to get out of the vehicle and would not show one of his hands, Agee said.
The man, who was forcibly removed from the car, was holding a bag of pills in one hand, he said. He was handcuffed without incident. The driver was also detained without incident.
Officers saw what appeared to be a meth lab in the back seat of the vehicle. A special team was called to investigate and found a powder that appeared to be methamphetamine as well as Sudafed in an altered state.
The passenger, Earl W. Elliot, 40, of Charleston, was found to be wanted in Highland County, Ohio, for failing to answer an indictment for drug lab charges near a juvenile. Aside from being a fugitive from justice, he faces local charges of operating a clandestine drug lab and possessing Sudafed in an altered state. Agee said additional charges will be forthcoming, including obstructing an officer and possession of methamphetamine. Elliot is in South Central Regional Jail without bond, according to the jail website.The driver, Kristina Rose James, 28, of Charleston also faces charges of operating a clandestine drug lab, Agee said. She is in South Central Regional Jail with bond set at $25,000.