West Virginia State Police arrested a Cowen resident on drug charges Thursday.
Joshua Kevin Cox, 30, was arrested and charged with manufacturing, delivering, or possessing with the intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance; and operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory.
On Thursday, Trooper S.G. Blake, of the W.Va. State Police, along with members of the Webster County Sheriff's Department, the Cowen Police Department and the Webster Springs Police Department, were assisting CPS worker Charlie Myers in reference to possible drug activity at Cox's residence.
Upon entering the residence, Trooper Blake detected an odor of Coleman fuel. He then obtained consent to search the residence from Cox and Cox's girlfriend.
Officers located an empty can of Coleman fuel, a damaged cold pack, coffee filters, liquid fire, and other items commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine upon searching the residence.
Cox and the area surrounding him were also searched, and officers found two small plastic bag corners containing methamphetamine.
Cox told officers that he had manufactured methamphetamine in his residence on Thursday, prior to their arrival, as well as on five to ten occasions over a two to three month period of time. He also confessed to selling the methamphetamine he manufactured on several occasions in Webster County.
Cox is currently in the Central Regional Jail with bail set at $125,000.