Cris Ritchie — Editor
December 2, 2013
HAZARD – One of three people indicted this year on charges relating to the discovery of an alleged meth lab went on trial this week in Perry Circuit Court.
Richard Combs, 58, of Bonnyman, was arrested on April 17 after deputies with the Perry County Sheriff’s Office discovered what they described as a working meth lab at a residence on Ky. Highway 267. The lab was located in a shed next to the residence, as were items that can be used to make methamphetamine, including drain cleaner, starter fluid, and batteries, according to authorities at the scene. It was dismantled by a team with the Kentucky State Police.
Combs was indicted on charges of manufacturing meth and unlawful possession of meth precursors. He is also facing charges of drug possession and wanton endangerment. His trial began with jury selection Monday morning in the Perry County Circuit Courtroom, with opening statements and testimony beginning Monday afternoon.
Commonwealth’s Attorney John Hansen said the trial could conclude by Wednesday.
Two other men indicted along with Combs have yet to go to trial. Daniel Combs, 50, and 36-year-old Larry Jason Combs are also facing charges of meth making and possession.