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HPD Stops Rolling Meth Lab

The Harrodsburg Herald of Harrodsburg, Kentucky

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Four Men Charged With Meth Manufacture

On Sunday, Jan. 25, at 9:10 p.m., officers investigated suspicious activity on North Magnolia Street. They observed four men loading items, including several buckets, into a burnt vehicle on a trailer.

Granted consent to search the vehicle, the police found several active one step meth labs.

Jeremy Chad Coy, 36, of Louisville, and Tommy Gene Moore, 34, Timothy W. Patrick, 57, and Tony Ray Sparks, 38, all of Harrodsburg, were arrested for manufacturing methamphetamine (1st offense), a class B felony punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison. They are lodged at the Boyle County Detention Center pending trial.

Sparks appears to have two previous convictions, for possession of methamphetamine (1st offense) in 2012 and unlawful possession of a meth precursor (1st offense) in 2013.

It's possible to conceal one-step meth labs, which can be manufactured in buckets, fuel cans or soda bottles, in vehicles as large as 18-wheelers or as small as motorcycles. It has been estimated that up to 20 percent of the meth labs in Western Kentucky are mobile.

They are also inherently dangerous. In 2002, a car ferrying a container of fertilizer, anhydrous ammonia, a key ingredient in meth-amphetamine, exploded on Interstate 24, backing up traffic for miles.

Patrolman Kody Cloud was the arresting officer, with back up from Patrolman Casey Rucker, Patrolman Scott Baker, Cpl. David Patterson, Chief of Police Billy Whitenack and Deputy Sean Brown of the Mercer County Sheriff's Department.

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Original Publication Date: January 29, 2015

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