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Police say couple were making meth in McRoberts ‘lab’

To return to court on Thursday

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Thursday for a McRoberts couple arrested last week for manufacturing methamphetamine.

Emory M. Mullins, 36, and Thelma L. Potter, 34, both of Lonesome Dove Road, were arraigned in Letcher District Court on Feb. 26. During the arraignment District Judge Kevin R. Mullins denied Emory Mullins’s request for a bond reduction because Judge Mullins said Emory Mullins was accused of introducing an illegal substance into the county. Both Emory Mullins and Potter remain in the Letcher County Jail where bond is set at $50,000 cash each.

Lt. Brian Damron of the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department said police located all of the components of a meth lab at the McRoberts residence with only the generator missing. Damron said a generator is the actual part where the chemicals mix, probably in a two-liter pop bottle or some type of small cooler.

Damron said police found a propane tank with a hose attached and an ink pen tip used when turned upside down to slowly let the propane drain out as a cold liquid.

Several meth precursors including meth and marijuana were found on Feb. 24 at the residence.

Damron wrote in a uniform citation that the majority of the precursors were found inside a green Nissan Xterra, which Potter stated belonged to her and gave permission to search. Damron said oven cleaner, propane, Coleman fuel, glass cleaner, red lye and pseudoephedrine were found in the vehicle.

Mullins and Potter were both charged with firstdegree possession of controlled substance (first offense, methamphetamine), manufacturing methamphetamine (first offense), unlawful possession of a meth precursor (first offense) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

This is the second meth case the sheriff ’s department has worked in as many months and Damron says it is an alarming problem.

“We are starting to see what places around us are seeing,” said Damron. “We are starting to get complaints of other (meth labs).”

L etcher Commonwealth’s Attorney Edison G. Banks said meth labs are being found more often in eastern Kentucky.

“There’s hardly a day now that you don’t see it on the evening news,” said Banks. “This is such a dangerous thing because it doesn’t take such a great knowledge to make it.”

Damron has charge of the investigation.

Anyone with information about meth labs in the county is asked to call the sheriff ’s department at


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