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July 1, 2010

Six arrested in sheriff’s drug bust

Somerset —  

Six individuals have been arrested as the result of a drug bust by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.
Paul D “Skip” Bell, 44, Gary D Bell, 43, Merrill Brandon Martin, 26, and Robin M Dykes, 33, all of 48 Add Floyd Road in Somerset, were taken into custody late Tuesday night and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, a first offense, and first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
Additionally, Deanna D. Hays, 32, 1140 Valley Oak Road Somerset, and Pamela S. Herrin, 52, Economy Inn, Somerset, were arrested and charged with complicity to manufacture methamphetamine, a first offense. Paul Bell was also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
According to the sheriff’s department, on Tuesday around 7 p.m., the sheriff’s Narcotics Division obtained a search warrant for the residence on Add Floyd Road after an on-going investigation revealed that the home was being used to sell illegal drugs.
“The investigation started with things being observed by a road deputy,” said Sheriff Todd Wood. “He started the investigation, then presented that information to the Narcotics Division.”
Contributing to the probe were citizens’ complaints, according to the sheriff’s department. 
During the search Tuesday, items used to manufacture metham-phetamine were found as well as a quantity of methamphetamine, a .22 rifle, and over $900 in cash.
While conducting surv-eillance of the home, sheriff's units stopped a Pontiac Sunfire occupied by Hays and Herrin. That investigation found the two were delivering Pseudoephedrine to the Add Floyd Road home, according to the sheriff’s. 
Pseudoephedrine is a key ingredient in the manufacturing of meth.
“We’ve spoken about the danger of metham-phetamine and how it’s affected our community,” said Wood. “This is another example of how aggressively the Narcotics Division focuses in on the problem.” 
Wood urged that anyone with information about possible meth manufacturing suspects should call the sheriff’s office at 606-678-5145. All information will be treated as confidential and those doing so may remain anonymous. 
Law enforcement was on the scene until after midnight.
All six suspects were lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center.
The investigation is continuing by the Sheriff's Department Narcotics Division.

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