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Three arrested on meth-related charges

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Police searching for unidentified ‘person of interest’

By Sarah Bennett

Two Elizabethtown residents and a Cecilia man were arrested Wednesday after narcotics investigators found two meth labs near a wood line at a Hawkins Drive trailer park.

Rebeka D. Thomas, 37, and Joseph Sallee, 35, both of Elizabethtown, and Nicholas A. Powers, 25, each face charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Powers also is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance.

Detective Rob Green with the Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force said investigators responded to the Elizabethtown address after receiving a call about suspected meth labs at a trailer park.

Police ultimately found two spent labs and some plastic bags, he said, and the investigation led them to interview Sallee and Thomas at their residence in the mobile home park.

Inside their home, investigators found evidence consistent with manufacturing methamphetamine, Green said, including an empty container of lighter fluid, lithium batteries, acid and burn marks on the carpet.

Several types of drug paraphernalia also were found in their trailer, he said. Police ultimately arrested the couple at 4:45 p.m., according to a citation.

Kentucky State Police Post 4 stopped Powers near his Cecilia Smith Mill Road home, Green said. Inside his pick-up truck, investigators found 1 gram of methamphetamine and a used meth pipe, the detective said.

The investigation continues, Green said, and police are searching for an unidentified person of interest who was captured Wednesday on store surveillance footage with the suspects while purchasing pseudoephedrine and drain cleaner. Both items are used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

The suspects remain lodged at Hardin County Detention Center. Sallee is being held in lieu of $75,000 cash and Powers and Thomas are under partially secured $75,000 bonds.

According to Green, Sallee was on parole at the time for a previous conviction of manufacturing methamphetamine.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenteprise.com.