BLUE RIVER — Two people were arrested this week, after police conducting a welfare check at their home discovered evidence of methamphetamine.
Kentucky State Police received an anonymous call Sunday night, requesting a welfare check at a residence across the street from the Blue River post office. The caller reported having a reason to believe the occupants were cooking meth in the trailer, and said that children often stayed at the residence.
Two state troopers went to the residence shortly before 10 p.m. and found a singlewide trailer with no running electricity. The officers reported a strong smell of ammonia in the air around the trailer.
The officers noted that the front door of the residence was open and they could see Eva L. Nickels, 44, of Blue River, asleep on a bed through the doorway. After making several loud announcements of the presence, to no response, the troopers went inside and awakened Nickels.
Nickels advised the officers no one else was inside the residence, but a subsequent search revealed Elmer Lafferty Jr., 50, of Blue River, hiding under a bed.
The officers note in their report that several precursors used in the manufacture of meth were observed, as well as a meth generator wiht an off-white substance inside, several spoons that appeared to contain meth, a scale, and a plastice bag containing a white, powdery substance believed to be meth.
Nickels reported admitted to police that meth had been made inside the residence and said she was also a user, the report says.
Nickels and Lafferty were each charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of meth precursor, manufacture of drug paraphernalia and possession of drug paraphernalia. Nickels also faces a charge of possession of methamphetamine, while Lafferty is also charged with resisting arrest, second-degree fleeing or evading police, menacing, second-degree disorderly conduct and second-degree wanton endangerment.
The two are being held at the Floyd County Detention Center under $25,000 cash bonds. They are scheduled to be in court Aug. 11 for a preliminary hearing.