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December 2, 2009

6 are indicted in meth bust

Lab raided at Dixie home near local school bus garage

WHITLEY CITY — A McCreary County grand jury has indicted six individuals arrested last month for making meth lab in a home by the local school bus garage.

All six have been collectively charged with Manufacture of Methamphetamine in connection to the November 8 incident when Kentucky State Police Trooper Tony Dingess and McCreary Deputy Sheriff Jerry Meadows discovered an active meth lab after detecting a strong chemical odor to be emanating from the Dixie home.

Donnie R. Barnett, 32, 364 Valley Road, Stearns, and Josh R. Phillips, 25, Marshes Siding, were each charged with first-degree Persistent Felony Offender. Barnett was convicted of theft charges in 2007 and cultivating marijuana in 2001. Phillips was convicted of Complicity to Assault under Extreme Emotional Disturbance in 2005 as well as theft charges in 2000.

Billy R. Stephens Jr., 25, 92 Ken Tucker Road, Stearns, was also charged with second-degree PFO — having been previously convicted of theft charges in 2007.

Garra D. Kidd, 21, 321 Poley Ellis Road, Pine Knot, was additionally charged with Tampering with Physical Evidence for tearing up a “paper list of cooking items” used to make methamphetamine.

Amanda Morgan, 23, 47 Maple Street, Whitley City, was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia after being found with a syringe.

The remaining defendant is Jamie H. Lynch, 20, 513 Main Street, Whitley City.

The grand jury also returned indictments against:

• Joni Helton, 310 Old Kidd School Road, Pine Knot: first-degree Possession of a Controlled Substance (oxycodone) and first-degree Promoting Contraband. On June 25, Trp. Dingess found Helton in possession of an unspecified quantity of oxycodone. She then brought 63.5 suboxone pills into the McCreary County Detention Center.

• Jacqueline A. Bailey, Cal Hill Road, Pine Knot: first-degree Possession of a Controlled Substance (oxycodone). Trp. Dingess investigated the April 29 incident.

• Lavonnia Marlow, Brittany Marlow, both of 168 C. Bryant Road, Williamsburg, and Tony N. Swords, 326 Lindenburg Drive, Williamsburg: Cultivating Marijuana over 5 Plants. The trio was growing 154 marijuana plants on May 1 in a case presented by KSP Detective Billy Correll.

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