Grand jury to hear meth making case
by Cris Ritchie
HAZARD – The grand jury in Perry County will hear the case against a Big Creek man facing a charge of manufacturing meth, along with several new counts of wanton endangerment added during a preliminary hearing this week.
Robert Shockey, 34, was arrested on June 11 by deputies with the Perry County Sheriff’s Office after several items that can be used to make meth were allegedly found inside his bedroom at 1309 Big Creek Road.
Deputy Jerry Burns testified in Perry District Court on Tuesday that deputies responded to a complaint that Shockey had been making meth inside the residence. Burns said he gave police consent to search his bedroom, inside of which they found a backpack containing items such as salt, lye, and lithium batteries, each of which can be used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.
Burns noted a quantity of what he believed to be meth was also found, along with a burping tube used in the manufacturing process which appeared to be under pressure and represented a hazard as it could have exploded. A meth cleanup team with Kentucky State Police was called to clear the scene.
Shockey was originally charged with manufacturing meth, illegal possession of meth precursors, and one count of first-degree wanton endangerment. Burns noted the wanton endangerment charge was filed because Shockey’s aunt, whom he described as bed-ridden, was also in the house.
Commonwealth’s Attorney John Hansen requested that six additional counts of felony wanton endangerment also be added, since a total of six police officers responded to the scene and also could have been injured had the burping tube exploded. Hansen made a similar request in a separate meth case earlier this year.
District Judge Leigh Anne Stephens ordered the additional counts added to the case, and made a finding of probable cause to send the case to the grand jury for consideration of an indictment. If an indictment is returned, Shockey’s case will move to Perry Circuit Court for prosecution.
Manufacturing meth is a Class B felony and carries a maximum of 20 years in prison. First-degree wanton endangerment carries a penalty of up to five years for each count.
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