In Sept. 2 Issue
Two men were arrested Sunday afternoon on charges of manufacturing meth at a home on Lakeway Drive in Russell Springs, according to Deputy Sheriff Nick Bertram, the investigating and arresting officer.
Bertram said that Reid Rippetoe, 55, and Michael Kerr, 40, both of Russell Springs, were arrested a little after 2 p.m. at Rippetoe's residence at 664 Lakeway Drive.
He said he was responding to a complaint received from an anonymous caller who said they could smell a strong chemical odor coming from the back of Rippetoe's residence. Sherriff Larry Bennett had also received a similar complaint the same day from another caller.
When Bertram arrived at the residence he received consent to search the residence from Rippetoe. Upon the search Bertram said he seized four one-step methods and two HCL generators with one of the bottles considered an "active" meth lab.
Numerous items indicative to producing a meth lab were seized as well.
Upon their arrest, Rippetoe and Kerr were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, a class B felony, which is punishable by 10-20 years in prison.
Kerr was also charged with tampering with physical evidence at the scene, Bertram said.
Both men were lodged in the Russell County Jail upon their arrest.
Rippetoe and Kerr are convicted felons and will likely be charged with being persistent felony offenders when the case is presented to a Russell County Grand Jury, according to Bertram.
Kerr was just recently out of jail on bond in connection with a manufacturing meth charge from April, he said.
"If anyone in the community smells a strong chemical odor coming from your neighborhood please contact the Sheriff's department or your local police department," Bertram said.
Assisting Bertram during Sunday's investigation and arrests were Deputies Lee Smith, Mark Cromwell and David Cain along with Russell Springs Police Department Officer Chasity Shirley.
Bertram wanted to thank the anonymous callers for their help in cracking down on meth labs in the community over the past several months.