Man Wanted by Authorities is Now Behind Bars

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

ECTOR COUNTY - A man wanted by authorities in Ector County has been caught.

A day after their search for him lead to the discovery of a meth lab in West Odessa.

48-year-old Ralph Harlan Wiant was wanted for violating his probation.

51-year-old Richard Lynn Whitfield was arrested Monday night.

Deputies discovered he had a warrant out for drug posession.

He could face more charges after a search of his car turned up cocaine and drug paraphanelia.

Witfield just happened to be at a home on Navajo Monday night when deputies came by to arrest Wiant.

Deputies discovered what was left of a meth lab inside the house.

HAZ-MAT crews and the fire department were called in to clean up the chemicals.

So far, no one has been arrested in connection with the meth lab.