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Jenkins police charge 4 with making meth



Three men and a woman charged with manufacturing methamphetamine in Jenkins last week are scheduled to appear in Letcher District Court tomorrow (Thursday) for a preliminary hearing.

The four were arrested Jan. 11 after Jenkins Police Chief Adam Swindall pulled over a white Dodge pickup truck after receiving a call that Larry W. Bentley Jr., 33, of Big Stone Gap, Va., was stealing items from the Jenkins Rite Aid Pharmacy.

Swindall wrote in an arrest citation that he noticed Bentley was “shaking almost uncontrollably” when he approached the truck, which Swindall said he saw turn the wrong way onto a oneway street near the post offi ce at 4:25 p.m. last Tuesday.

After getting permission from Bentley to search the truck, Swindall found a meth pipe above the visor on the driver’s side.

Swindall found several ingredients in the truck used to make meth, including sudophederine, a full propane tank, coffee filters, lithium batteries, cold compress packs and aluminum foil. A small piece of foil containing methamphetamine and a pill bottle containing two small bags of methamphetamine were also found. Bentley told Swindall he was trying to make meth, the citation said.

Bentley was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance ( methamphetamine), manufacturing methamphetamine (first offense), and unlawful possession of meth precursor.

The three passengers in his truck were allegedly buying sudophederine for Bentley to use to manufacture meth. Jarrod B. Cole, 20, of Lenior, N.C., Joseph A. Rollins, 25, of Big Stone Gap, Va., and Tiffany D. Craft, 21, of Big Stone Gap, Va., were all arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine (first offense) and unlawful possession of meth precursor.

Rollins, Craft and Cole are out of jail on bond, which was set at $ 5,000 cash each. Bentley remains in the Letcher County Jail. Bond for Bentley is set at $25,000 cash.

Preliminary hearings are set for 1 p.m. on January 20 in Letcher District Court.

Neon Police Officer Tim Miller assisted in the case. Swindall has charge of the investigation.



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