Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

December 5, 2012

14 indicted on meth-related charges in Greenup

Kenneth Hart
The Independent

GREENUP — A Greenup County grand jury has indicted 14 defendants on 39 offenses related to the production of methamphetamine.

The indictments were part of the most recent round of true bills handed up by the grand jury. In addition to manufacturing meth, charges contained in the indictments included drug trafficking, child endangerment, burglary, evidence-tampering and persistent felony offender.

Manufacturing meth is a Class B felony that carries a 10- to 20-year prison sentence.

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

Those indicted were:

‰David O. Wellman, 32, and Vickie A. Stepp, 27, both of Raceland, both charged with manufacturing meth, first-degree drug possession and third-degree controlled substance endangerment to a child.

Wellman and Stepp were arrested Oct. 1 by officers of the FADE Drug Task Force and Raceland Police Department after a meth lab was discovered in a child’s bedroom in their residence in the 500 block of Crump Street.

According to FADE, Raceland officers went to the home to look for a suspect in a domestic violence incident. While searching the residence, they came across what appeared to a meth lab.

‰Eugene Perkins, 40, and Carolyn S. Perkins, 38, both of Greenup, both charged with manufacturing meth, third-degree controlled substance endangerment to a child and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both were arrested Sept. 9, according to court records.

‰Breanna N. Grubb, 25, of Westwood; Kristina R. Bates, 20, of Argillite; Shan C. Parker, 27, of Flatwoods; and Ronnie M. Rowe, 34, of Flatwoods, all charged with manufacturing meth. Rowe was also charged with first-degree persistent felony offender and Parker with second-degree persistent felony offender.

The four were all arrested Sept, 17 by the FADE Drug Task Force following the discovery of what was termed a major meth production operation in a residence in the 2400 block of Marsha Drive in Flatwoods.

‰Joshua A. Gamble, 27, Betty J. Moore, 42, and Donald R. Salyers, 28, all of Wurtland, all charged with manufacturing meth, first-degree drug possession and third-degree controlled substance endangerment to a child. Gamble also was charged with first-degree persistent felony offender, second-degree fleeing or evading police and resisting arrest.

The three were all charged in connection with a Sept. 20 meth bust by Kentucky State Police, court records state.

‰Maxwell J. Wiley, 31, and Barbara D. Cornett, 34, both of Argillite, both charged with manufacturing meth, second-degree burglary and tampering with physical evidence. Wiley also was charged with second-degree persistent felony offender.

Wiley and Cornett both were arrested July 26 by the Greenup County Sheriff’s Department, according to records.

‰Douglas E. Turley, 44, of Greenup, charged with manufacturing meth, first-degree drug trafficking, first-degree drug possession and possession of meth precursor.

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