Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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November 25, 2012

UPDATE: 2 deputies injured after meth bust

(Continued)

ARGILLITE —

“It could be any of us.”

The sheriff’s office was assisted by officers from the Raceland, Russell, and Worthington police departments, as well as Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife officers, Little Sandy volunteer firefighters, and Greenup County EMS.

Russell Police Chief Tim Wilson headed to the country frame house just a mile off the Industrial Parkway alerted by his patrol officer Shane Elkins, who heard word on the radio that two Greenup County deputies were down and imperiled.

“Our sole purpose was to offer any assets or equipment they may need,” Wilson said Sunday afternoon. “Our concerns and prayers are with the officers involved and their families. We hate when something like this happens. It’s one of us and we all come out to help.”

Wilson said the community is starting to grapple with dangers of meth production and abuse – a dilemma other parts of the country witnessed for years.

“We’re lucky we never dealt with something like this before,” said Wilson, adding citizens are eyes and ears to police and should call with any suspicious activity in their neighborhoods.

The Russell Volunteer Fire Department constructed a decontamination station at the OLBH emergency room entrance, where affected first responders were cleansed of the explosive and risky meth compounds.

Dehart, and Pamela Dehart, 42, of Ashland were both lodged in the Greenup County Detention Center.

Pamela Dehart was charged with felony manufacturing of methamphetamine, wanton endangerment of a police officer, and unlawful possession of meth precursor.

Hubert Dehart was charged with felony manufacturing of methamphetamine, wanton endangerment of a police officer. unlawful possession of a meth precursor, and two failure to appear misdemeanor citations.

Bond is set at $50,000 full cash on the Dehart duo, according to jail officials Sunday night.

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