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Police arrest pair after alleged meth lab found

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By Kristin Beck

Carrollton Police Department and Kentucky State Police arrested a couple on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine in their home.

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Casey Pennington, 38, and Destiny Tyler, 33, were arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, first offense; first-degree possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamine; possession of drug paraphernalia; unlawful possession of methamphetamine precursors; and two counts of controlled substance endangerment to child.

Carrollton Police Chief Mike Willhoite said Officers Tim Mitchell and Ron Dickow and Trooper Dave Roberts received an anonymous tip and went to 1504 Framme Street for a “knock and talk.” They requested and were granted consent to search the home and allegedly saw drug paraphernalia in plain sight, Willhoite said.
The occupants revoked the consent to search, so officers obtained a search warrant for the address.

Willhoite said officers found numerous items used to manufacture methamphetamine, including hoses, pipes, funnels, mason jars, lithium batteries, pseudophedrine boxes and coffee filters with meth residue.

There also was a two-year-old and a nine-year-old in the home. They were taken to Carroll County Memorial Hospital and treated with possible exposure to a meth lab, Willhoite said. Social Services was called, and the children were eventually released to their grandfather.

KSP cleaned up the meth lab following the investigation.

After looking at the officers’ report and the amount of evidence removed from the home, the police chief said he believes the methamphetamine was being manufactured with the intent to be distributed in the local area.

Both Pennington and Tyler have prior convictions for manufacturing methamphetamine in Arkansas, he said.