Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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March 25, 2014

Lewis couple arrested for drugs and endangerment

VANCEBURG — A Lewis County couple were arrested Monday on drug and child-endangerment charges.

The female half of the couple is pregnant and admitted to authorities she’d smoked methamphetamine earlier in the day, Lewis County Sheriff Johnny Bivens said.

The arrests of Fred Pollard, 37, and Amy Adkins, 26, at the home in the 2100 block of Old Trace Road were the culmination of a “lengthy investigation,” Bivens said in a news release. Deputies had been monitoring the couple’s home based on suspicion meth was being produced there, he said.

On Monday, deputies entered the home and found an indoor marijuana-growing operation, meth precursors and finished product, the sheriff said.

The couple were allegedly engaging in drug activity in the presence of their 7-month-old child, Bivens said.

During the investigation, deputies located a barn in a wooded area where the couple were allegedly making meth and recovered precursors there, Bivens said.

Bivens called the arrests “bittersweet.

“It’s sad the child had to live in this environment, but getting these two feckless individuals in jail where they belong not only makes the community a safer place, but also gives this child a chance to flourish,” he said.

Pollard and Adkins were charged with cultivating marijuana, more than five plants, first-degree drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and endangering the welfare of a minor. Both also will be charged with manufacturing meth, Bivens said.

During the course of her arrest, Adkins, who is pregnant, admitted to deputies she had smoked meth earlier, Bivens said.

The sheriff said he planned to monitor the case closely as it makes its way through the judicial system “to assure these individuals get the punishment they deserve.”

Pollard and Adkins were lodged in the Lewis County Detention Center, where they remained on Tuesday.

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

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