The Marion County Sheriff's Department has arrested a Fairmont man on a meth charge.
Timothy Allen Sheppard, 38, was a passenger in a vehicle that failed to stop for deputies on Rt. 19 in Rivesville on April 15. The fleeing vehicle was eventually stopped and deputies recovered an active clandestine drug lab that was thrown from the vehicle, according to a criminal complaint. Sheppard admitted that the drug lab, backpack, and its contents all belonged to him. Sheppard said he was "cooking" the drug, according to the criminal complaint.
Sheppard is accused of being involved in a separate meth related incident at his Shady Lane home in Oct. 2013 where a meth lab explosion was reported. After authorities arrived at his house, it didn't appear there was an explosion, although a working meth lab was present. Sheppard also has a felony conviction for breaking and entering from 1995, according to court records.
Sheppard is charged with operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab and is being held in North Central Regional Jail on $60,000 bail.