Meth lab busted in Walmart parking lot
by sheri thrift
JULIA ROBERTS GOAD
SOUTH WILLIAMSON, Ky. - The Pike County Sheriff’s Department arrested two Mingo County residents for operating a mobile methamphetamine lab in their vehicle.
PCSD Deputy Billy McCoy had recieved information that Michael Adkins of Delbarton had been purchasing pseudoephedrine and drain cleaner, used to make the drug, at the WalMart store in South Williamson.
Thursday evening, McCoy got a tip that Adkins was at the store purchasing these meth ingredients. Upon arriving, McCoy found Adkins in a Ford Ranger pickup truck in the parking lot of the store. Jennifer Bailey, also of Delbarton, was a passenger in the vehicle.
When Deputy McCoy approached the truck, he observed Adkins attempting to conceal hypodermic syringes between the truck seats.
Upon searching Adkins and the truck, McCoy found an oxycodone tablet, additional syringes in the truck and in Bailey’s purse, and a duffle bag containing a mobile meth lab.
Deputy McCoy said the lab consisted of 16 ounce soda bottles and tubing.
Both Adkins and Bailey admitted that they had manufactured the drug in the truck.
“I didn’t realize there was so much meth in the area,” Pike County Sheriff Charles “Fuzzy” Keesee said. “It has moved from out west to here, and is very inexpensive to make. We have busted three small labs in Pike County.”
Keesee said two specially trained Kentucky State Troopers dismantled the lab at the scene.
PCSD Chief Field Deputy Bert Hatfield, Deputy Melvin Salyers and undercover officer Todd Mettingly assisted in the investigation.
Adkins and Bailey were charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Both are being held at the Pike County Detention Center on full cash bonds, Adkins at $20,000 and Bailey at $5,100.
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