By Greg Bird
Sheriff Randy Waters reported the arrest of three individuals on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine after an investigation led to the discovery of more than 55 grams of meth and a suspected meth lab in Whitley City.
Deputy Cody Stephens had been conducting an investigation into suspected illegal activity at a residence located at 450 Winding Ridge Road. Early Thursday morning officers went to the location armed with a search warrant and found three individuals inside.
Anthony Allen Perry, 39, was located in a bathroom of the residence attempting to flush evidence down the toilet. In the bathroom a baggie with a crystal –like substance was found, as well as a container with several pills.
Elsewhere in the residence more baggies of suspected meth were discovered, as well as sets of digital scales, and other paraphernalia.
Officers also found what appeared to be an active meth lab in a trailer located behind the house, as well as an inactive lab. Special crews from DESI were dispatched to the scene to clear the lab and it was seized as evidence.
Perry was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, tampering with physical evidence, trafficking in a controlled substance, resisting arrest, cultivating marijuana under 5 plants, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance.
Also arrested were April Coffey, 36, and Rachel R. Worley, both of Whitley City, on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, trafficking in a controlled substance, cultivating marijuana and possession of a controlled substance.
All three were being lodged in the Leslie County Detention Center.
The three subjects were all involved in a similar arrest last month at the same residence. Worley and Coffey were charged with tampering with physical evidence at that time, but those charges were dismissed after another individual arrested at the time accepted a plea deal on the same charges. Perry was also charged with tampering, along with trafficking in marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia – that case is still pending.
Correction: in a story last week concerning a suspected drug dealer being arrested for selling contraband near a school it was reported three people were arrested as part of the investigation. In actuality, two of the individuals, Jerrica Baltimore and Bradley Garland, were arrested as part of a separate investigation and their case was not related to the original arrest. We apologize for the error.