Police responded to a tip of a potential methamphetamine lab at a residence in Wheeling on Thursday afternoon.
Police say Evan Tonkery, 28, of Fairmont is behind bars after deputies found evidence of a potential meth lab inside an East Wheeling residence.
Upon arrival, police discovered what appeared to be the remains of a one-pot methamphetamine cook inside the house. Police noticed a plastic bottle inside the living room, wrapped with a plastic baggie and placed inside of a bucket. A deputy reportedly cut the plastic from the bottle and witnessed a small rock-like formation to be inside.
When police found Tonkery, he was asked if he knew what was inside the bucket. Tonkery responded by saying he didn’t know anything about the bottle being inside the bucket.
According to police, having knowledge that the bucket contained a bottle proved that Tonkery knew the item was related to methamphetamine production.
According to a criminal complaint, Tonkery has reportedly been cooking methamphetamine in various locations.
Officers found a backpack in the woods behind the Nelson Jordan Center, and believe it was placed there by Tonkery.
Officials say this isn’t the first time Tonkery is facing this type of charge either.
Magistrate Harry Radcliffe says Tonkery is currently under circuit court indictment in Marion County for the same crime.
Tonkery is in the Northern Regional Jail on $75,000 bond.