The Marion County Sheriff's Department has arrested two Fairmont men and charged them with operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory.
Anthony Michael Cosco, 21, and James Varner, Jr., 26, are accused of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab.
The sheriff's department was serving a warrant at Varner's residence and received permission from the homeowner to look through the residence for him. Upon locating the men, Varner had a plastic bag in his hand that he attempted to hide behind his back, according to a criminal complaint. Deputies saw bottles of lye and cold packs that had been cut open, along with tin foil with burn marks on it. A black bag was found which contained items consistent with a mobile meth lab. An additional drug lab was located in an abandoned trailer on the property, according to a criminal complaint.
Chief Deputy Ralph Wright said Varner is also facing an additional charge of child neglect due to a young child being present at the time of the incident.
Fairmont Police also assisted at the scene.
Varner is being held in North Central Regional Jail on $15,000 cash only bail and Cosco is being held on $5,000 cash only bail.