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Active meth lab discovered in Shelby County

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CROPPER, KY. (WDRB) -- Two men are facing several charges after Shelby County authorities uncovered an active meth lab.  The sheriff's office believes it could be the start of a dangerous trend.

Neighbor Brian Owens said Friday, "I would have never guessed in a million years that there was a meth lab across from my house."

Inside a trailer off Highway 43, sheriff's deputies found an active meth lab -- still cooking.  As Maj. Jason Rice explains, "We felt like it was more than personal use. There was enough to alarm us, especially with the chemicals laying around haphazardly that were potentially very dangerous."

Methamphetamine is prevalent problem in Kentucky, but in Shelby County it is rare.  This was only the second meth lab police have busted in the county all year. Police can't explain it.

Neighbor Brian Owens says, "For us that's pretty scary.  I come out here, the kids play out here all the time." 

Owens lives across the street from where the meth lab was found.  The father of three boys recently moved to the Cropper area with his wife.

Detectives ended up towing an Oldsmobile because it was believed to contain meth-making material.  They also found prescription pills and a two-liter bottle with meth in it.

Ray Shuck Jr. and Leonard Holcomb were arrested, each charged with manufacturing meth, possession of meth, and drug paraphernalia.

Maj. Rice says, "It's definitely something we want to stay on top of before it gets to be a bad situation." 

It's a shock to neighbors, who normally only read about meth troubles elsewhere.

Police found the lab after serving a search warrant Friday morning.  They based that on information they received from informants.

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