Burglary investigation turns into meth bust

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Two from Cecilia arrested and charged with manufacturing meth

By Jeff D'Alessio

What started as a burglary investigation more than a week ago turned into much more for two Cecilia residents at a home along Hardinsburg Road.

Frankie Vertrees, 40, and Bobbie Crowder, 20, were arrested and charged manufacturing methaphetamine when Kentucky State Police troopers, who were at the residence assisting the Meade County Sheriff’s Office, found a meth lab Thursday afternoon.

The two were arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine. It is the first offense for both.

Manufacturing meth is a Class B felony for a first offense, punishable of up to 20 years in prison.

While KSP was at the residence, officials observed several items used in the production of the illegal substance, according to an arrest citation. The report also states police interviewed Vertrees and Crowder and the pair admitted they had observed the manufacturing of meth and also took part in it.

Drug enforcement officers from Bowling Green arrived at the location in the 5900 block of Hardinsburg Road to assist in the recovery of evidence and to break down the lab, according to the citation.

Vertrees and Crowder are scheduled to appear at 9 a.m. Friday in Hardin District Court. Both are being held on partially secured $75,000 bonds.

Jeff D’Alessio can be reached at 270-505-1757 or jdalessio@thenewsenterprise.com.