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March 26, 2014

Lawmen sniff out mystery odor

Somerset —

Two women were arrested this week for allegedly making methamphetamine after police received a report of a strange smell. 
Somerset Police Officer Justin Creech and others were called to 122 Jacksboro Street Tuesday afternoon after a “strong odor” was reported to be coming from an apartment there, according to the arrest report filed by Creech. 
According to the report, the caller reported that the odor was coming from an apartment near her own, and she said “she had been smelling the odor since last night (Monday night) and that it was making her feel sick.”
SPD officers and the landlord knocked on the door of the apartment where the odor was allegedly coming from, and they were met by two women, identified in the report as Jennifer Helton, 38, and Julia Foster, 35. 
“When (Helton and Foster) opened the door, officers detected a strange odor,” Creech stated in the report. 
Creech wrote in the report that both women gave officers consent to search the apartment.
During the search, Creech allegedly came across a one-step meth lab in the apartment’s bathroom. Further investigation reportedly led to the discovery of another meth lab, an HCL generator, sulfuric acid, coffee filters, syringes, spoons and methamphetamine. 
The Somerset Fire Department was called to the scene to help clean up the toxic items. 
Helton, of Antioch Church Road in Burnside, and Foster, of Georges Drive, Somerset, were both arrested.
Helton was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, and buying/possessing drug paraphernalia. Helton was also charged on a Pulaski County arrest warrant dated for Jan. 24 for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
Foster was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, and buying/possessing drug paraphernalia.
Both women were lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center.

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