PARKERSBURG -Four people were arrested and three children were removed from a home after the narcotics task force discovered a meth lab there.
Members of the Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force and the Wood County Sheriff's Department responded to the Pinewood Village apartments around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday on complaints of a strong chemical odor coming from an apartment.
Upon arrival, agents spoke with the 23-year-old Tessa Hebb, a resident of the apartment.
West Virginia State Police Cpl. C.A. Blevins, task force coordinator, said agents located a reaction vessel inside the home. Officers secured the residence while agents obtained a search warrant.
Upon executing the search warrant, agents located additional items consistent with the manufacturing of methamphetamine.
Officers also discovered four children and three other adults in the home, he said. Blevins said the children were removed from the residence and placed in the custody of a member of the family.
James Cowan, 39; William McBrayer, 28; Thomas Carpenter, 41, and Hebb were arrested and charged with operating or attempting to operate a clandestine lab and exposing children to methamphetamine manufacturing. Both charges are felonies.
If convicted, they could face up to 15 years in prison.