Christmas Eve meth arrests

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By John Whitlock

Two Owen County residents were arrested early Christmas Eve after law enforcement found nine “one-shot” methamphetamine labs at their home.
According to Campbellsville Kentucky State Police Post Spokesman Michael B. Webb, Tammy Snell, 38, and Barry L. Snell, 47, were taken into custody about 2 a.m. Dec. 24 at 2140 Eagle Hill Road near Glencoe.
An investigation by Kentucky State Police Trooper Justin Sams led to the home and to the arrests.
The couple was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine (first offense), first-degree possession of a controlled substance (first offense), first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (first offense), possession of drug paraphernalia, first-degree wanton endangerment, unlawful possession of a methamphetamine precursor (first offense) and unlawful distribution of a methamphetamine precursor (first offense).
Barry Snell also faces charges of prescription drugs not in the original container and a second charge of possession of a controlled substance.
Webb said nine small meth cooking devices, called “one-shots,” were found on the property. Most of the devices were inactive at the time of the couple’s arrest.
The wanton endangerment charges stem from the danger law-enforcement agents faced while making the arrests and securing the location, Webb said.
“There was so much at the scene, it presented a danger to the officers,” Webb said.
About three grams of finished methamphetamine was seized at the home, Webb said.
Police also seized an “absorbent” amount of precursor — the ingredients to make meth — at the scene, Webb said.
No one else has been charged in the case and no children were found at the home.