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Members of the Mt. Sterling Police Dept. and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office worked about three hours Friday, Aug. 21, cleaning after multiple meth labs were discovered at a residence on Doe Run Drive. Photo courtesy Mt. Sterling Police Dept.
Meth labs found at Doe Run residence
By Jamie Vinson
Advocate managing

Four arrests were made following the discovery of meth labs at 629 Doe Run Drive Friday.

Law enforcement members were called to a possible meth lab at the residence at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Sheriff Fred Shortridge said in talking to Deanndra Raquel Napier upon arriving at the house they discovered she had several outstanding warrants.

While securing the house, law enforcement found a plastic tote that contained various ingredients to make methamphetamine. A lab was found on top of the fridge in the home and five more in a bedroom. All the labs were the one pot “shake and bake” labs, Sheriff’s Det./Sgt. Ralph Charles said.

In addition to manufacturing methamphetamine, first offense (six counts), Napier, 28, is charged with possession of synthetic drugs (a Class B misdemeanor); illegal possession of a legend drug; drug paraphernalia-buy/possess; a parole violation (for felony offense); and contempt of court libel/slander resistance to order.

James Clay Adkins, 36, who Shortridge said owns the residence, also was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, first offense, six counts.

Ricky Darrell Mahan, 30, is listed for charges that include manufacturing methamphetamine, first offense (six counts); drug paraphernalia-buy/possess; possession of a controlled substance, first degree, first offense; giving officer false name or address; and theft by unlawful taking.

Jeremy Lynn Conner, 36, who Shortridge said had warrants, was booked on charges of contempt of court libel/slander resistance to order and theft of identity of another without consent.

Authorities say more charges are expected. The investigating officer was Shannon Taylor.

Members of the Mt. Sterling Police Dept. and sheriff’s office were on hand about three hours performing cleanup of the residence.
Shortridge said his office is not seeing as many meth labs as it had in the past.

“As far the numbers (of labs) they are down. When they made the law on pseudoephedrine … as far as how much you can purchase, it helped. People are still smurfing and having others buy it for them,” he told the Advocate. “It’s still there, still raring its ugly head every now and then.”
Shortridge said the number of labs discarded on roadways also seems to be down as what was previously being cleaned up.

“But it’s still there,” he stressed.

While the majority of meth users now tend to use the shake and bake method, Shortridge reminds it still poses dangers.
“We are not seeing big major factories of meth like we used to with concerns for big scale explosions.

“But I can’t believe how someone can put chemicals like that in their body,” Shortridge added. People aren’t thinking about their kids … and that just floors me that people can do something so dangerous.”
The fumes from meth can be toxic, Shortridge told the Advocate, stressing that using meth, or any drug for that matter, is simply a choice. There is also still a potential risk for explosion with one-pot labs.

“You don’t have to do this. You can say no if you want to. Once people do these drugs they just can’t get off of them,” Shortridge said.
The police dept. operates and staffs a fully certified Clandestine Lab Response Team. According to the dept.’s website, since its inception in 2012, the team has removed more than 100 meth labs from the community.

Anyone who sees a suspicious object and believes it may be a meth lab or product from a meth lab is encouraged to call the Montgomery County 911 Center at 498-8720. Tips regarding drug activity can be reported anonymously on the police dept. and sheriff’s office web site. Both departments also have Facebook pages.

In addition, suspected drug activity can be reported by calling the police dept.’s tip line, 498-8899, extension 52.

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