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Shelby man faces meth charges

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By Shannon Brock

TAYLORSVILLE – A Shelby County man facing methamphetamine-related charges will have his case heard by a Spencer County grand jury.

Eric D. Adams, 37, of Bonnie Brae Drive in Shelby County appeared in Spencer District Court on June 22 for a preliminary hearing, and his case was waived to the grand jury.

Adams is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine – first offense, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) – first offense, and buying/possessing drug paraphernalia.

Taylorsville Police Lt. Rick Jewell said the charges stem from a discovery on May 6.

The husband of the apartment manager for Hallmark by the Lake Apartments off Ray Road in Taylorsville discovered a meth lab in a 2-liter water bottle while looking for cans in the complex's outdoor trash bin.

"Seeing it, he knew something was wrong, so he pushed it off to the side and called us," Jewell said.

At the scene, Jewell said he found the meth lab in a bag with pieces of mail.

"The bottle was still kind of smoking, but it was at a point where it was not dangerous," Jewell said.

Jewell called in the Kentucky State Police Drug Task Force, which disposed of the lab.

However, the mail in the bag with the lab led police to a suspect.

The mail was addressed to "an Adams subject in Shelbyville," Jewell said.

After talking with the apartment manager, Jewell said they were able to trace a connection to a couple who had just moved in.

Adams had assisted the couple with their move the day before, Jewell said.

"So I go in and talk with the couple and ask if they know an Eric Adams," Jewell said. "They said yes, and that he had helped them move in."

Jewell said he told the couple he really needed to get in touch with Adams.

"They said, 'Well, he's here,' and he comes walking out of the bedroom," Jewell said.

Jewell took Adams to the police department for questioning and said Adams was cooperative.

"He was admitting he'd been cooking meth for about 10 years," Jewell said. "The only confusion was how he put it in the Dumpster because he normally disposed of it in a different way."

Jewell said police obtained a warrant to search the Shelby County residence where Adams lived with his father and found "several other items that he was using to cook meth in his bedroom."

Jewell said, as a result, Adams is facing meth-related charges in Shelby County as well. According to Kentucky Court Records Online, Adams is facing at least one felony charge in Shelby County from this year and it appears that case has also been sent to a grand jury.

He is currently being held in the Shelby County Detention Center.