Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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April 24, 2012

Couple charged with meth-making indicted

CATLETTSBURG — An Ashland couple arrested in February for allegedly operating a methamphetamine lab in their home were among 12 defendants named in indictments returned Monday by a Boyd County grand jury.

William Adam Tussey, 28, and Tabitha A. Tussey, 26, were each charged with a single count of manufacturing meth, according to a news release from Boyd Commonwealth’s Attorney David Justice’s office. William Tussey also was charged with persistent felony offender.

The Tusseys were arrested by the Ashland Police Deprtment at their home in the 2400 block of Cleveland Street. While police were at the couple’s home, they found a meth lab dump site across the street from the residence.

Kentucky State Police technicians removed the meth-making materials and cleaned up the site.

Earlier in the week, another Cleveland Street resident reported finding an abandoned backpack in his neighbor’s side yard. Police looked at the pack and found it to be a portable meth lab that had been dumped there.

A grand jury indictment is a formal accusation of a crime and does not establish guilt.

Others named in Monday’s indictments were:

Meara Carter, 41 of Ashland, charge with assault.

Michael A. Castle, 25, of Ashland, charged with criminal mischief and possession of a suspended or revoked license.

Jeremy L. Scappaticcio, 41, of Flatwoods, charged with third-offense DUI, operating on a suspended license, receiving stolen property and persistenty felony offender.

Eric Nelson, 39, of Catlettsburg, charged with criminal mischief.

Sean P. Settles, 43, of Ashland, charged with receiving stolen property.

Donald T. Smith, 29, of Ashland, charged with persistent felony offender.

Caitlin Fraley, 23, of Ashland, charged with drug trafficking.

Bruce P. Helem, 52, of Ashland, charged with drug trafficking.

Gregory W. Crisp II, 30, charged with persistent felony offender.

KENNETH HART can be reached at khart@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2654.

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