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Police make arrests in Nicholasville meth lab bust

April 27, 2011|By Mike Moore | mmoore@jessaminejournal.com
  • A Nicholasville firefighter hosed off one of the suspects following Wednesday's meth lab bust on Lorraine Avenue.
Photo by Mike Moore

A tip from a concerned resident resulted in the discovery of an active methamphetamine lab by Nicholasville police Wednesday afternoon.

The call came in around 4 p.m. when an unnamed man alerted police to the lab outside 122 Lorraine Ave., which is located just off North Central Avenue near Lake Mingo Park.

“Officers responded to the scene, and when they were approaching, there were two guys in a car,” Nicholasville police officer Kevin Grimes said. “And as (the officers) got up to the car, they detected in the passenger’s seat, in between the passenger’s legs, was an active one-step meth lab that was actually working.”

Paul Boyd, 32, and Crystal Boyd, 28, were arrested at the scene and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine. Two others — Jeremy Ramsey, 25, and Jason Hensley, 30 — were arrested later and charged with the same crime. Hensley was also charged with possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a meth precursor, and delivery or manufacture of drug paraphernalia. All four are from Nicholasville.

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In addition to the active lab found in the vehicle, officers discovered three old one-step labs in the residence. Grimes said a one step lab is where all the meth ingredients are mixed in one container, and in Wednesday afternoon’s case, the containers were in 20-ounce bottles.

Grimes said there were some children at the residence at the time of the discovery, but they were removed from the area.

“... Those children have been turned over to a family member of one of the individuals,” he said.

The Nicholasville Fire Department decontaminated nine people — three of them children — as a precaution. Jessamine County EMS transported at least two people to Saint Joseph-Jessamine RJ Corman Ambulatory Care Center for possible exposure to chemical fumes.

The case remains under investigation by the Nicholasville Police Department.

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