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Cropper meth lab leads to 2 arrests

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Pleasureville men charged

By Lisa King

Two Pleasureville men have been arrested in Cropper and charged with manufacturing methamphetamines in a lab one of them had created the pervious night.

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Ray B. Shuck and Leonard R. Holcomb, both 32, were arrested Friday morning and charged with manufacturing methamphetamines at 62 Pleasureville Road in Cropper.

They were also charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (meth) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A report by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, the agency that made the arrest, said that when officers arrived on the property with a search warrant, they discovered an active meth lab. They also found what they described as a “white substance” they suspected to be methamphetamines, as well as several pipes used to smoke meth.

The report said that Shuck told officers it was an active meth lab and that he had started it the previous night.

Shelby County Sheriff Mike Armstrong said that deputies found the lab in a trailer on the property behind the house where Shuck and Holcomb were living, on the outskirts of Cropper.

He said the bust was evidence of the drug becoming prevalent in Shelby County than it ever has before.

“We haven’t had that many [meth labs] here in the lab, but the drug is slowly making an entrance into the county,” he said.

Armstrong said he attributes the drug’s popularity to the fact that the ingredients are not that difficult to obtain. Shuck told deputies that he had purchased all the products to make the drug.

Armstrong said such labs can be very hazardous, both to the people involved in making the drug or to the public.

“It’s very volatile,” he said. “It can explode or catch fire, and even the fumes from it can be very hazardous to breathe.”

He said a team from the Kentucky State Police came to the scene to make sure the substance was cleaned up properly.

Armstrong said it’s not uncommon for meth labs to be found in trunks of cars, though that wasn’t the case in Cropper.

According to the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet’s most recent meth study, in 2006, Kentucky ranked third nationally for having the most meth labs, with 93, second to Illinois with 198 and Missouri with 276. The top Kentucky county for labs was Daviess with 11. Shelby County had five meth arrests in 2011.

Shuck and Holcomb are lodged at the Shelby County Detention Center.

Holcomb is under a $5,000 cash bond, and Shuck was released on a $10,000 unsecured bond.