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Man charged with making methamphetamine at home



Police say a 29-year-old Whitesburg man was arrested after he was caught making methamphetamine at his home.

Geoffrey R. Rife, of 26 Rose Road, who is a McDonald’s employee, was arrested Feb. 16 and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and unlawful possession of meth precursor.

Lt. Brian Damron of the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department said the sheriff ’s department had received complaints of a large amount of traffic at Rife’s home. After a two- week investigation, police found meth-making proponents consistent with a meth lab.

A meth cleanup team was called to Rife’s residence to dispose of the hazardous materials.

Damron said after receiving additional information, a bag containing more meth-making components was found by Letcher County Sheriff ’s Deputy Jared Hipps in a creek near Rife’s residence. Kentucky State Police Trooper Michael Burton, Letcher County Ranger Phillip Slone and Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department Victims Advocate Eugene Slone assisted Hipps after the bag was found.

Damron said Rife used the one-step method of making meth, which is all contained in one bottle and the substances are then shaken.

“It’s actually very dangerous,” said Damron. “It’s becoming a more common thing in communities here.”

Damron credits the arrest to the public for calling the sheriff ’s department and providing accurate information.

“People in the community know what is going on,” said Damron.

Hipps has charge of the investigation.

Rife, who has not been arraigned, remains in the Letcher County Jail. Bond is set at $25,000 cash.

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