Berea police arrested five people in two separate encounters last week on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine.
In the first case, when a man spotted a Berea officer looking at his vehicle Thursday in the parking lot of the Shell on Peggy Flats Road, he got out of the vehicle and acted nervously, according to a news release from Sgt. Jake Reed, Berea Police Department public affairs officer.
The officer made contact with the man, Thomas Lee Bullen Jr., 25, of Mount Vernon, and discovered there was a warrant for his arrest. Two other people who were with Bullen, Emmanuel Pugh, 25, of Berea, and Amy Thomas Bullen, 30, of Berea, were found inside the store, Reed said in the release.
Officers obtained consent to search the vehicle and discovered rock salt, Coleman fuel, coffee filters, rubber tubing and a funnel, items commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine, according to Reed.
Both of the Bullens and Pugh were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and taken to the Madison County Detention Center. Pugh also was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia because of a used syringe that was found in his pocket, according to Reed.
In the second case, an officer conducted a traffic stop Thursday on Chestnut Street for a minor traffic violation, according to the BPD news release.
The officer made contact with the driver and noticed a Coleman fuel container in the vehicle, which can be used to make methamphetamine, Reed wrote in the news release.
The officer obtained consent to search the vehicle and discovered rock salt, tubing, a funnel and liquid drain cleaner inside, the released stated.
John W. Dixon, 32, and Jason J. Dixon, 26, both of McKee, were arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.
Couple charged with several drug offenses
A Richmond man and a Berea woman were charged with various drug offenses Aug. 15 after Berea police say they noticed their vehicle parked at Indian Fort Theater.
Berea officers made contact with the suspicious vehicle and noticed the driver, 41-year-old James Jackson, of Richmond, reaching into his waistband, according to a BPD news release.
Both Jackson and his passenger, Chelsea Ruble, 41, of Berea, were asked to step out of the vehicle, and officers once again noticed Jackson reaching into his waistband, the released stated.
“Officers located a pill container with methamphetamine and oxycodone inside,” Reed wrote in the news release. “As the passenger got out of the vehicle, the officer noticed a used syringe and a metal spoon with green residue on it inside the vehicle.”
Jackson was charged with two counts of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, and Ruble was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Police find checks reported stolen
A Berea officer conducted a traffic stop Sunday on Bob O Link Drive for a minor traffic offense and obtained consent to search, according to a BPD news release.
During the search, officers found checks on the driver, Joseph Jackson, 22, of Berea, that did not belong to him, the release stated.
Officers contacted the checks' owner and were told that Jackson had taken them without permission, the BPD reported.
During their investigation, officers said they discovered Jackson had applied for a credit card in someone else's name as well. The victim found out after receiving a letter about the credit card in the mail, according to the release.
Jackson was charged with receiving stolen property (under $500) and theft of identity.
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