While Elkins Police Department Cpl. C.D. Cross was on patrol Tuesday, he made an unusual discovery.
As he was driving along Diamond Street, the officer spotted a large marijuana plant outside a residence at 225 Diamond St..
"At that time he obtained a search warrant for the residence and executed the warrant," Police Chief H.R. White said. "Once inside he discovered a cooking meth lab. The resident was not home and we stationed another officer there while Cpl. Cross obtained another warrant for the meth lab."
The Inter-Mountain photo by Anthony Gaynor
A large marijuana plant is recovered by the Elkins Police Department on Tuesday. Cpl. C.D. Cross discovered the marijuana plant, along with several precursors for the manufacturing of methamphetamine, at 225 Diamond St. while he was on patrol.
White said Cross found several precursors for the manufacturing of methamphetamine and the process of creating the narcotic was under way. In addition to what White described as one of the largest plants he as seen, two other smaller marijuana plants were located.
He said officers also located a "sawed-off" 12- gauge shotgun along with other weapons in the home. White said there is a suspect identified in the case, but declined to release the identity pending the issuance of an arrest warrant.
White said he does not suspect anyone else in connection to the discovery at this time.
Contact Anthony Gaynor by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.