LPD puts brakes on meth lab; discovers another

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By Jennifer Caldwell


LaFollette Police foiled a would-be meth lab thanks to a traffic stop last Friday.

When Officers Daniel Terry and Pam Jarrett conducted a traffic stop for a window tint violation the vehicle occupants were left with more than a mere citation.

The silver Pontiac Grand Am with mirror tinted windows was not only loaded with four passengers from Kentucky but a plethora of items needed to manufacture methamphetamine as well, the arrest records said.

Jeffery Pennington, 39, of 183 South Wind Street, London, Ky, the driver of the vehicle gave consent to search as Robert Todd Nies, 26, of 515 Robinson Creek Road, Lily, Ky, Jerry L. Sizemore, 52, of 134 Cedar Creek, Apartment 6, Manchester, Ky, and Jessica Faye Sizemore, 30, of the same address, looked on.

As Jarrett, Terry, Det. Sgt. Jason Henegar and Officer John Baker inventoried the contents of the vehicle they discovered a variety of items used to make meth including coffee filters, Coleman camping fuel, lithium batteries, 146 pseudophedrine tablets, torches and tubing among some of the items.

All four occupants of the vehicle were arrested and charged with promotion of meth manufacture and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

They are scheduled to appear in court on March 13.

While last Friday’s lab was discovered before it could be assembled, officers discovered the remains of a recently operational lab on Monday.

An anonymous tip led Henegar, Terry, Jarrett, Det. Lt. Monty Miller and Officer Steve Wallen to a site near Goat Rock to find the remnants of what was described as a medium sized lab, records indicate.

The case remains under investigation. Persons with information regarding this or other drug related crimes are encouraged to call the drug hotline at 566-0488.