On Sunday, January 25th around 7:30 p.m. Winchester Police Officers responded to the 1700 block of Amherst Street in reference to suspicious persons. Officers began investigating and made contact with the individuals at the business. Officers discovered numerous chemicals and other evidence inside of their vehicle that were consistent with a mobile meth lab. Agents with the North West Virginia Regional Drug Task Force responded to the scene to assist with the investigation. Vivian Sophia Howard, 31, and Ian Kirkwood Finch, 26, both of Winchester were arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and manufacturing methamphetamine. They were taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center.
An investigation revealed that Howard and Finch had gone to several locations and attempted to purchase Pseudoephedrine. After they had been denied the purchases, they were in the process of trying to get other individuals to buy it for them. Pseudoephedrine is a common cold and allergy medication that is used in the production of methamphetamine.
Through the investigation it appeared that some of the chemicals found were used in previous mixtures to produce methamphetamine, however, the mobile meth lab was not active at the time law enforcement were in contact with the two suspects.