Three charged in Bedford meth lab arrests

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Suspects allegedly making drug in Smith Lane home

By Phyllis McLaughlin

The Trimble Banner


Three Bedford residents were arrested Wednesday, Sept. 22, after law enforcement officials found an operational methamphetamine lab at the residence.

Robert Lee Stivers, 37; Susie Beatrice Stivers, 38; and Melissa B. Brewer, 34, face one count each of manufacturing methamphetamine, first offense, and possession of drug paraphernalia, first offense. Each is being held at Carroll County Detention Center on a $10,000 cash bond.

Trimble County Sheriff Tim Coons said the three were expected to be arraigned Tuesday.

Coons said the arrests stem from information received by Deputy Bo Simpson, who passed the information along to Kentucky State Police. At 9:19 p.m. Wednesday, Deputy Brian Denton accompanied KSP Sgt. Charles Kelton and Troopers Walt Szczepan, Manny Soto and Justin Sams to the house at 137 Smith Drive, where they and found the trio in possession of an unknown quantity of meth and and active “one-step” lab that was producing more of the drug, Coons said.

A cleanup team from KSP was dispatched to remove the hazardous materials from the house, which remains sealed, Coons said Tuesday.

Production of methamphetamine is dangerous and can cause health problems for those making the drug and anyone who may inhale fumes. Labs, particularly the one-step process, can cause explosions and fires, Coons said.

“Someone in the community thought it was important to pass along information about this meth lab,” Coons said, adding that community vigilance is the best way to catch these criminals.

Coons said there were no children or juveniles in the house at the time of the arrest.

Manufacture of meth is a Class B felony for a first offense and a Class A felony for any subsequent offenses.

A Class B felony is punishable by 10-20 years in state prison and a fine of $1,000 to $10,000. Class A felony is punishable by 20-50 years in prison and a fine of $1,000 to $10,000.