Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

April 6, 2013

Three charged in Ashland meth raid

Kenneth Hart
The Independent

ASHLAND — Boyd County sheriff’s deputies arrested three Thursday after locating a dozen methamphetamine processing setups in a house in Ashland.

Benjamin J. Ward, 31, Michelle R. Vaughn, 39, and Michael J. Crisp, 39, were lodged in the Boyd County Detention Center on meth-related charges, according to a news release from the sheriff's department.

The department reported a confidential informant working for its Drug Task Force made a controlled purchase of meth from a residence in the 1500 block of Hilton Avenue. That led to the issuance of a search warrant for the house.

In addition to the 12 meth labs, deputies found finished product, paraphernalia and cash. The raid took place about 9 p.m., the release said.

Ward and Vaughn were charged with trafficking in and manufacturing meth, while Crisp was charged with manufacturing and possession of meth and meth precursors. All three were still in custody Friday.

Manufacturing meth is a Class B felony that carries a 10- to 20-year prison sentence. The Boyd Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office has adopted a policy of not allowing defendants in meth cases to plead guilty to lesser offenses, meaning all three defendants face minimum sentences of 10 years if they are convicted.

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