In May 26 Issue
Anonymous tips have led to two separate incidences of arrest as local police battle the meth scourge in Russell County.
On Thursday about 11 p.m. two were arrested at 171 Jimmy Ave., in Russell Springs, after Sheriff's Deputy Nick Bertram received an anonymous tip that they were "cooking meth" at the location.
Joseph Allen Mann, age 30, was arrested on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Mann informed deputies that Mary Jean Ruby, age 29, was in a large, stand up refrigerator unit. Upon opening the doors, the deputies found Ruby sitting alongside a one-step method meth lab that was in the act of producing methamphetamine, along with two inactive labs and two HCL generators.
Ruby was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, giving a false name to police and served with several outstanding warrants. Mann and Ruby were both lodged in the Russell County Jail. Deputy Bertram was assisted in the arrests by Russell County Sheriff's Deputies Nick Bertram, Clete McAninch, Lee Smith and Kenny Brown.
On Saturday Sheriff's Deputies Smith discovered an active meth lab at the residence of Roger Harmon, age 50, at 809 Lakeway Dr., lot #30. Deputy Lee Smith was visiting at the mobile home park when he witnessed a possible transaction transpiring on another lot.
James Bunch, age 30, was arrested for trafficking in a legend drug first offense, reportedly gabapentin, a non-narcotic anti-convulsant. Also arrested was Mary Ann Gadberry, age 40, who was charged with trafficking in a legend drug first offense.
After additional investigation by Smith, along with Russell Springs Police Officers Chasity Shirley and Matt Parrish, and Sheriff's Deputies Nick Bertram, Kenny Brown and Lee Smith, Gadberry was additionally charged with two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance second degree, first offense - drug unspecified, after a warrant was obtained to search the residence.
In the residence the officers found an active meth lab, two HCL generators and a laundry list of items used in the manufacture of meth and drug paraphernalia. Also arrested was Roger D. Harmon, age 50, who was charged with the manufacturing of methamphetamine in the first degree, possession of drug paraphernalia, and the possession and use of radio that sends/receives police messages.