West Virginia State Police arrested two Craigsville residents Monday on drug charges.
Ronald James Ward, 43, and Kimberly Sue Hinkle, 39, were arrested and charged with one count each of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab and one count each of conspiracy, according to a criminal complaint from state police.
On Monday at approximately 10 a.m., a state trooper observed a black 2003 Chevy Trailblazer drop off the right side of the roadway and cross the center line of W.Va. State Route 82 near the entrance of Meadow Fort Road in Webster County.
While performing a traffic stop on the vehicle, the state trooper noticed the passenger, Ward, moving around, appearing to possibly conceal something, according to the criminal complaint.
The state trooper was then granted written consent from Hinkle to search the vehicle.
According to the criminal complaint, upon searching the vehicle, the state trooper found a bottle of lye, lighter fluid, coffee filters, rubber tubing, and a plastic bag containing what appeared to be methamphetamine.
In a digitally recorded statement, Hinkle admitted to purchasing the lighter fluid and said Ward purchased the lye and other items, according to the criminal complaint.
Both Hinkle and Ward are currently in the Central Regional Jail with bail set at $150,000 each.