Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

January 23, 2013

Charges in Olive Hill meth lab operation

Kenneth Hart
The Independent

OLIVE HILL — Kentucky State Police arrested a Carter County man and woman over the weekend for allegedly operating a meth lab in their home.

Troopers responded to a residence on Laurel Lane in Olive Hill on Saturday after receiving a tip about a lab operating there, according to a news release from the Ashland KSP post.

When they arrived, troopers were met by one of the suspects, Virginia Spears, 32. They then searched the home and found the other, Randal R. Lucas, 23, hiding under a bed, the KSP said.

Lucas allegedly gave the troopers false information in an attempt to conceal his identity and also provided false information about hypodermic needles he had concealed on his body, according to the KSP.

Further searching turned up the meth lab, finished product and additional items of drug paraphernalia, the KSP said.

Lucas and Spears were lodged in the Carter County Detention Center. Both were charged were manufacturing meth and possession of drug paraphernalia. Lucas was also charged with first-degree drug possession, second-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer and giving police false information. He was also served with four outstanding bench warrants, the KSP said.

The KSP’s Drug Enforcement Special Investigations Unit also responded and assisted. The investigation is ongoing by Trooper Bryant Marcum, the KSP said.

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