Two indicted on meth-related charges

by Jackson Latta -

Brent Hale

Martin Shepherd

PRESTONSBURG – Two people arrested in December as part of a Floyd County Sheriff drug investigation were indicted early last week on charge of complicity to manufacture methamphetamine.

Indictments were handed down on Tuesday February 2, 2015 from the Floyd County Grand Jury naming both Brent Hale and Martin Shepherd in the charges of manufacturing methamphetamine.

Both Hale, 40, of Blue River and Shepherd, 69, of David were arrested in December after a Floyd County Sheriff’s investigation into illicit drug activities.

Times Staff were present during the December raid when Sheriff John Hunt and deputies executed a search warrant on the residence of Martin Shepherd in the Open Fork community of David.

During the search of Martin Shepherd’s residence, deputies found two separate active meth labs including one located under the residence and another, still boiling, inside a clothes washing machine.

Deputies also discovered finished product crystal meth and all the pre­cursors including lithium batteries, Sudafed, liquid Drano, cold packs and other materials used in the creating of crystal meth. Hunt said following the raid that the fumes were so thick inside the residence that he got choked immediately upon entering.

During the raid two other persons were arrested and charged with the following: Heather Miller, 44, of David, manufacturing methamphetamine in the first-degree; Courtney Nicole Jordan, 29, of Gunlock, manufacturing methamphetamine in the first-degree.

Indictments have yet to filed concerning Miller or Jordan.

Brent Hale Hale

Martin Shepherd Shepherd

by Jackson Latta

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