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Two more arrested in connection with E'town meth lab

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Mother of children found in home turns herself in

By Sarah Bennett

The mother of two children found inside a meth lab during a police raid last month turned herself in to police Wednesday.

Sara K. Smith, 33, was arrested Wednesday at the Elizabethtown Police Department, said Detective Rob Green of the Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force. She is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, fourth-degree controlled substance endangerment to a child, first-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Smith and Andrew M. Cameron were living at a 210 Preakness Drive home with her sons, both  younger than 12, Green said. Police had received complaints that drugs were being produced at the home, and Jan. 18, officials went to the Elizabethtown residence and were given consent to search.

The two boys, who were at the residence at the time of the search, were examined by Hardin County EMS and have been placed in the care of their biological father, Green said.

Methamphetamine and typical items related to meth production were found throughout the home and in the trash, police said. A black bag found in Smith’s bedroom contained “syringes, spoons with residue and a small bag of white powder suspected to be methamphetamine, along with a piece of I.D,” according to an arrest warrant.

Six people including Smith have been arrested in connection with the meth lab bust, Green said, and authorities are seeking at least one more person of interest.

Cameron, Jerry C. Nofsinger, Chad M. Dennis and Jennifer K. Wills were arrested Jan. 18 at the Preakness Drive residence. Nine days later, police arrested Jerry W. Jenkins, 32, of Upton, near Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, according to a police citation.

Jenkins, who has a previous conviction for manufacturing methamphetamine, was seen on video purchasing cold packs, which commonly are used in meth production, at Walgreens on North Dixie Avenue, according to an arrest warrant.

The men and Smith are lodged at the Hardin County Detention Center while Wills is being held at the Grayson County Detention Center.

Smith and Jenkins are scheduled to appear Feb. 15 for a preliminary hearing in Hardin District Court. The cases of Cameron, Nofsinger and Dennis have been passed on to a grand jury.

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