By John L. Ross/Staff Writer
An anonymous tip led the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department to a Rockholds residence Sunday.
Not long after the department’s arrival, four suspects inside the residence were arrested.
Larry George Henry Vanover Jr., 35, Scottie Lee Paul, 25, Nancy A. Salyer, 28, and Jessica Ann Rainwater, 23, all of Rockholds, all face separate charges of their first offense of unlawful possession of methamphetamine precursors. Each suspect remains jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center under $25,000 cash bonds.
Detective Tim Baker received the phoned-in tip around 10:30 p.m.
According to Sheriff Colan Harrell, the tipster said someone was making meth at that residence, located just off Highway 26.
Harrell said the odor was unmistakable.
Upon arrival at the residence Harrell said deputies could smell a strong chemical odor coming from the side window of the home.
Harrell said Baker knocked on the door and could hear noises coming from inside the residence.
He added that Baker said it sounded like people were moving something from the bedroom, but that the occupants would not come to the door.
Harrell said Baker then entered and cleared the residence.
Those inside were then secured by deputies Joe Prewitt and John Hill while Baker obtained a search warrant.
Warrant in hand, Harrell said deputies began their search. According to Harrell, the deputies seized several ingredients used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, a number of syringes and various other drug paraphernalia.
Harrell said after further searching, Hill located a plastic grocery bag in the attic space containing tubing and a green plastic pop bottle with an unknown substance inside of it.
Harrell said Kentucky State Police safely neutralized the meth making operation.
“It was very alert of those deputies to locate that meth lab,” Harrell said. “And we want the community to know we check out all information we receive pertaining to the manufacture of methamphetamine.”
Harrell urges the community to report suspicious activities in their neighborhoods. “You can call the office and leave a message and we’ll be glad to call you back, or you can leave a message anonymously,” Harrell said.
The sheriff’s department’s non-emergency office number is 606-549-6006.