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Ayers arrested on meth charges

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By Jennifer Caldwell

A traffic stop led to meth manufacture charges for a Jellico man last week.

During a traffic stop on Sept. 15 LaFollette Police Officer Josh Vann asked Bruce C. Ayers, 243 South Myrtle Avenue, Jellico, to step out of his car.  When Ayers exited the vehicle allegedly with knife in hand Vann conducted a search for his safety.

During the pat down Vann discovered one corner cut baggie containing an off-white powdered substance and one with a brown substance, the report said.

After placing Ayers under arrest, a search of his vehicle revealed lithium batteries, black tape, butane fuel and digital scales, all of which are commonly used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Additionally, a paper towel that appeared to have been used to filter meth in the manufacture process as well as another paper towel containing a white substance were also found.

During intake at the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department booking officer Ray Claiborne found one corner cut bag containing an off-white powder in Ayers’ possession after he had already entered the jail facility.

Ayers is charged with possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, promotion of meth manufacture and introducing contraband into a penal facility.  

He is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 2.

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