Crime & Courts

Salisbury man faces meth charges in Connecticut

Connecticut State Police have arrested a Salisbury man and a teenage girl after discovering what appeared to be a mobile meth lab.

The lab was found Thursday in the parking lot of a McDonald’s restaurant in Vernon, about 18 miles northeast of Hartford.

Police found materials inside that are normally associated with the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine.

Police said they had been dispatched to find the red Ford Transit van because it was being driven by a person who was “overdue” at a destination. Shang Clevenger, 24, of Salisbury, was considered missing, along with his passenger, a 17-year-old girl, police said.

Police narcotics detectives and special agents with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration disassembled the meth lab and seized numerous items as evidence, police said. Hazardous waste and explosive chemicals and materials were seized by a hazmat team. A “facsimile” handgun was also found, police said.

Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families was notified about the 17-year-old, along with the girl’s family, police said. The girl was taken to a juvenile detention center.

Clevenger and the girl were charged with possession of methamphetamine, operating a drug factory, possession of drug paraphernalia, weapons in a motor vehicle and reckless endangerment.

Bond was set at $500,000, and Clevenger is to appear at Superior Court on Monday.