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A tip to an Owen County sheriff’s deputy led police to a meth lab on Hwy. 1669 in Wheatley over the weekend.
Owen County Sheriff’s Deputy Marvin Goodrich said after receiving a tip on someone’s whereabouts Oct. 27, he and a Kentucky State Police trooper went to the residence where they thought they heard someone inside.
“We could smell a strong odor that was starting to burn our lungs,” Goodrich said. “We beat on the door and no one answered, so the trooper went to the county attorney’s office and got a search warrant. We stayed on the scene to make sure it was secure and no one could escape.”
Once inside, Goodrich said he and two KSP troopers searched the residence where they found an active meth lab.
“There was some finished product there,” Goodrich said. “We continued to search and as we went upstairs there was a man hiding under a mattress and a woman was hiding under a pile of clothes.”
The man, Raymond Eastman, 44, of Wheatley was arrested and charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, manufacturing methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a meth precursor, possession of firearm by a convicted felon and drug paraphernalia.
The woman, Corrine Sturgeon, 33, also of Wheatley, was arrested and charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, manufacturing methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a meth precursor, possession of firearm by a convicted felon, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Goodrich said once he and the KSP troopers wrapped up in Wheatley, they moved to another residence where a man was charged with multiple drug charges in a separate incident.
“We got another search warrant, went over to his residence and while searching his residence found 58 guns, a little under a half a pound of marijuana, a bunch of pills and about 500 Sudafed tablets, give or take,” Goodrich said.
Ryan Pierson, 38, was arrested and charged with trafficking in marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, first- and second-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of a meth precursor, possession of marijuana, possession of a legend drug and prescription not in the proper container.
Goodrich declined to comment on whether or not the two incidents were related in any way, citing an ongoing investigation.
Goodrich said he was assisted at the second residence by Owenton City Policeman Gary Alcorn and Kentucky State Police troopers.