Parkersburg man facing more drug charges

PARKERSBURG – A Parkersburg man was arrested for the second time on drug charges Monday afternoon, officials said.

Clinton Wesley Buffington, 35, of 1312 14th St., Parkersburg, was out on bond at the time of his second arrest Monday around 2:45 p.m. at 1000 Kemper St., Apt. 9, Parkersburg police said.

The Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force received an anonymous tip concerning a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory at the location where Buffington was arrested. The complaint came through the Parkersburg Police Department’s tip line, officials said.

PNTF agents requested a search warrant of a van on the scene and an arrest was made because of the items found inside the vehicle, items police said were consistent with the manufacturing of meth. Items included a reaction vessel, lighter fluid, salt, liquid drain cleaner, lithium batteries and a gas generator.

Buffington was in the driver’s seat of the vehicle outside of the apartment at the time of agents arrival, according to the police report. He was placed under arrest for allegedly attempting to operate a clandestine meth lab, a felony.

He was arrested on July 6 after Parkersburg police conducted a traffic stop near 16th Street and St. Marys Avenue. Upon an indication from a canine unit, officers allegedly discovered a “shake and bake” meth lab inside the vehicle.

Buffington and Jason Ryan Sams, 19, 1807 Beaver St., were arrested on felony charges of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory.