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Bicyclist charged with operating meth lab from backpack

The McDowell County Sheriff's Office says a 31-year-old bicyclist has been charged with operating a meth lab that deputies say was contained in his backpack.

Acting on a tip, police arrested Dennis Eugene Baker of War as he was pedaling his bike. Chief Deputy Roger Deel said when an officer ordered Baker to stop and his backpack was checked, all the makings of a meth cooking lab was found inside.

The Bluefield Telegraph says a sheriff's department team trained to disable meth labs was called to the scene.

Besides the charge of operating a meth lab, Baker was also accused of unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

Bond for Baker was set at $60,000.

The newspaper did not say if Baker had an attorney.

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