Seven arrested in meth bust

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SALYERSVILLE – Seven people were arrested last week after police received a complaint of a possible meth lab at a residence in Adams Trailer Court.

Magoffin County Sheriff Department Detective Neil Adams reportedly was tipped off to the possible meth operation on Thursday, August 3. 

According to police records, Terri J. Lewis, 34, of Nicholasville, was in the residence when Adams arrived and offered to show him where she was hiding her narcotics. Reportedly, she led the officer to her vehicle outside the residence and told him to look in a blue bag in the front seat for a black pair of socks. Inside the socks were two baggies of what Lewis identified for police as methamphetamine. 

She had also brought Jarod Nicely to the residence. Nicely, 30, of Kimper Branch, Salyersville, reportedly had meth, scales and cash with him at the home. 

According to his arrest citation, Nicely was knocking on the door of the residence when Detective Adams arrived. Adams found a set of scales and a black velvet bag in pockets of Nicely’s cargo shorts. Inside the black velvet bag were two baggies of suspected methamphetamine. He also had syringes and straws, as well as $300 in cash, but could not tell the officer where he got the money. 

Jeremy Dean Risner, 36, of East Maple Street, Salyersville, allegedly was also in the home at the time law enforcement arrived, letting them into the residence. Detective Adams reported in the citation they found him in possession of a baggie of suspected methamphetamine, several pills believed to be Xanax, and marijuana. Risner told police he bought the suspected meth from Nicely. 

Megan S. Davis, 25, of Staffordsville, also was in the home, in possession of a baggie of suspected meth. Similarly, Ryan K. Fitzpatrick, 22, of Old Lick Creek Rd., Salyersville, and Eddie O. Howard, 26, of Flat Fork Road, Salyersville, were both in the residence at the time law enforcement arrived and in close proximity to baggies of suspected meth. Scottie H. Risner, 26, of Gamble Branch Rd., Salyersville, was also in the home with a baggie of meth near his feet and in possession of marijuana.

The seven are each facing a first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine) charge (a Class C felony) and at least one count each of buying or possessing drug paraphernalia (a Class B misdemeanor). 

Lewis has an additional drug paraphernalia charge. Nicely is also charged with second-degree possession of a controlled substance (unspecified- suboxone), a Class A misdemeanor, and two counts of drug paraphernalia (one for scales and one for the syringes). Jeremy Risner is also charged with third-degree possession of a controlled substance (Xanax), a Class A misdemeanor, and possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor. Scottie Risner had a possession of marijuana charge, as well. 

All seven were arrested and taken to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, where each of them are being held on a $10,000 cash bond, with the next court date scheduled for August 14 at 9:15 a.m. at the Magoffin County Justice Center. 

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