ARY As western counties in Kentucky have been dealing with the problem of local residents operating meth labs for some time, authorities in Perry County have been able to concentrate on other areas of the drug problem. But now that concentration may be shifting as a third meth related case has cropped up in the past two months.
Following up on a tip of a possible meth lab, state police say Wednesday they located components of a former lab at a residence on Coates Branch, located in Ary.
We didnt find an active lab, but we did find components of a lab that used to be active, and some residue was in the bottle, said Trooper Adam Hall with the Kentucky State Police Post in Hazard.
Hall said the materials have been sent off to a lab for confirmation, but authorities are confident that they were used to manufacture methamphetamine in the past.
Police arrested the homeowner, Melissa Tackett, on a failure to appear warrant out of Laurel County, and Hall says police expect Tackett to face additional charges related to the alleged meth lab.
Two minor children, ages 10 and 14, were living with Tackett at the time, Hall said.
Until the past two months, Hall said he wasnt aware of authorities finding any active or previously active meth labs in Perry County, although there have been arrests for possession.
The countys first case related to meth manufacturing was filed when a man from the Saul community was arrested by detectives with Operation UNITE after a tip was received of a possible meth lab. Police in that case say they found ingredients used for manufacturing meth, including ammonia and crushed pseudoephedrine tablets. That case was bound over the grand jury later that month for consideration of an indictment.
A second person was charged in Perry County in June after police say they found a mobile meth lab in the van where an Ohio man and his family were sleeping. A indictment was handed down in that case earlier this month.