Four more Letcher County residents have been charged with manufacturing the powerful and addictive stimulant methamphetamine.
Joshua D. Perkins, Douglas C. Moore, and Jessica Michelle Adams, all of Loves Branch near Colson, and Deanna N. Caudill of Jeremiah were arrested by Kentucky State Police late Saturday night after KSP Trooper Donnie White said he observed them making meth in the kitchen of a Loves Branch home.
The arrests come only a week after nine Letcher County residents were indicted on meth-related charges and five other persons were arrested and charged with manufacturing the drug, which can cause paranoia, the loss of teeth and severe brain damage.
Trooper White says in arrest citations that he “was dispatched to a complaint at (Loves Branch) in reference to subjects there possibly manufacturing meth. Upon arriving at (91 Loves Branch) I could see what appeared to be a young male through the front window of the residence.
“I went to the side of the home and noticed the side door was open. I could see two bottles with a substance inside which was consistent with meth generators lying just outside the door. I could smell the strong odor of meth coming from the residence.”
White wrote that Perkins, 31, and Adams, 34, “admitted” they knew meth was being made but “denied helping cook it.” The two were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine (first offense), possession of a controlled substance (first offense), and unlawful possession of a meth precursor (first offense).
Caudill, also known as Tosha Caudill of Mitch Drive, Jeremiah, faces additional charges of endangering the welfare of a minor and first-degree wanton endangerment. Trooper White wrote that Caudill identified a male juvenile found in the living room of the home “as her boyfriend’s 12-year-old son.” White also wrote that Caudill admitted that meth was being made and agreed to show the trooper where it was located.
Moore was also charged with manufacturing methamphetamine ( first offense), possession of a controlled substance (first offense), and unlawful possession of a meth precursor (first offense).
Trooper White also wrote that police had suspected that jail escapee Steven Douglas Moore was also at the home.