Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

April 4, 2013

2 indicted in Greenup meth bust

Kenneth Hart
The Independent

GREENUP — A man and woman charged in a methamphetamine bust where two sheriff’s deputies were exposed to toxic fumes were among those named in indictments returned recently by a Greenup County grand jury.

Hubert A. Dehart Jr., 42, of Culp Creek, and Pamela S. Dehart, 42, of Ashland, both were charged with manufacturing meth and  first-degree wanton endangerment. Hubert Dehart was also charged with tampering with physical evidence; Pamela Dehart with second-degree persistent felony offender.

Both defendants could get 10 to 20 years in prison if convicted on the meth charge.

The Deharts both were charged in connection with events that occurred Nov. 25 at Hubert Dehart’s residents. According to Sheriff Keith Cooper, Deputies Rick Craft and Cody Fuller went to the home to serve a warrant on Hubert Dehart. As they entered the home, Hubert Dehart barricaded himself in the bathroom, where a meth lab was located, Cooper said.

Dehart was subsequently detained and arrested, but the deputies were overcome by fumes from the meth lab. Both were taken to Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, where Craft was released after treatment, but Fuller was admitted and spent time in the intensive care unit. He has since recovered.

The incidents allege the Deharts created the toxic fumes that created a substantial danger of death or serious physical injury to the deputies while attempting to dispose of evidence.

An indictment is a formal accusation of a crime and does not establish guilt.

Others named in true bills returned recently by the grand jury were:

‰ Sherman E. Royster, 43, of Wurtland, charged with six counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, one count of menacing and one count of resisting arrest.

‰ Hobert Scott Gearhart, 47, and Andrea M. McIntrye, 26, both of Russell, both charged with three counts of first-degree drug trafficking, one count of second-degree drug trafficking and one count of trafficking in marijuana.

‰ Dustin T. Fulks, 18, and John R. McKnight, 18, both of South Point; and Emory J. Markel Jr., 23, of Ironton, all charged with unlawful possession of methamphetamine precursor. Markel also was charged with driving under the influence.

‰ Chad L. Fitzpatrick, 30, of South Point, charged with first-degree drug trafficking.

‰ Mary B. Bowen, 52, of Flatwoods, charged with first-degree drug trafficking.

‰ Morris L. Maynard Jr., 42, of Catlettsburg, charged with first-degree drug trafficking.

‰ Frank W. Basenback, 25, of Flatwoods,  charged with conspiracy to first-degree drug trafficking.

‰ Matthew I. Roark, 32, of Flatwoods, charged with first-degree drug trafficking.

‰ Carissa P. Hay, 23, of Flatwoods, charged with first-degree drug trafficking.

‰ Lonnie Horsley, 52, of Greenup, charged with two counts of first-degree drug trafficking.

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