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January 28, 2014

Trio indicted on meth charges

Somerset — Three people were indicted on drug charges this month after authorities came across an active methamphetamine lab in northern Pulaski County.

Daniel E. Rippeon, 39, and Geneva L. Goodman, 48 both of 82 Sandidge Road, Eubank, and Joshua W. Meece, 28 of 321 North Maple Street, Somerset, were arrested and charged with first-degree manufacturing methamphe-tamine, according to Eubank Police Chief Colin Hatfield.

The investigation began on Jan. 1 after Hatfield and Science Hill Police Chief Robbie Gossett received a tip that a meth lab was operating at Rippeon’s residence on Sandidge Road.

Hatfield and Gossett spoke with Rippeon at his home, and once inside, they allegedly found several items used in making meth. Hatfield said they discovered a generator, muriatic acid, rubber gloves, and starter fluid, among other things in the home.

Goodman and Meece were also allegedly at the Sandidge Road residence as well.

Hatfield and Gossett were assisted at the scene by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Division meth clean-up team

The grand jury returned the indictments on the three defendants, and the arrest warrants were served on Jan. 22, according to Hatfield.

Eubank Police Chief Colin Hatfield stated through a press release that he “appreciates the help and tips from the community on trying to get these drugs off the street.”

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