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June 26, 2014

Fairmont man arrested on second meth charge

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man has been arrested on meth charges for the second time this year.

Timothy Allen Sheppard, 38, of Fairmont, was arrested Tuesday and is being charged with operating or attempting a clandestine drug laboratory. Sheppard was arrested in April on the same charges.

According to the criminal complaint, Marion County Sherriff’s Department officers received an anonymous tip that Sheppard was manufacturing meth at a Gaston Avenue residence.

Law enforcement officers arrived at the residence, where Sheppard was standing outside. The criminal complaint states that an officer informed Sheppard that the department received a tip that he was manufacturing meth.

At first, Sheppard denied that he had cooked meth since he was last arrested in April.

After getting consent from Sheppard to search the residence, law enforcement officers located ingredients consistent with the manufacturing of meth. Ingredients were also found in the location beside the residence.

The complaint then states after Sheppard received a Miranda warning, he told officers that he had cooked meth at least two times a week since the last time he was arrested for cooking meth.

Sheppard is being held at the North Central Regional Jail, with bond set at $51,000.

Sheppard had been arrested prior to the two in the past few months. He was arrested in October 2013, and officers charged him with being a felon in possession of a firearm. He also faces meth charges.

When Sheppard was arrested in April, he was a passenger in a vehicle that attempted to evade Marion County sheriff’s deputies. Sheppard admitted that a mobile clandestine lab, a backpack and its contents belonged to him.

The complaint from April states that Sheppard threw the contents out of the vehicle while police were pursuing it. According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, deputies attempted to stop a truck in the Bellview area for traffic violations. The vehicle rear-ended a police cruiser before ending up pinned against a guard rail.

Email Emily Gallagher at egallagher@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @EGallagherTWV.

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