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Three arrested in Ashland meth bust

Apr. 05, 2013 @ 11:29 PM

ASHLAND -- Three people were arrested early Friday by members of the Boyd County Sheriff Department's Drug Task Force on charges the defendants had a dozen active meth labs inside a house at 1500 Hilton Avenue in Ashland.

A confidential informant working for the task force did a controlled buy of methamphetamine at the residence Thursday night, according to a news release from the sheriff's department.

Upon execution of a search warrant, deputies located 12 methamphetamine labs, drug meth paraphernalia and an undisclosed amount of cash, according to the release.

"Drugs are a priority," said Sheriff Terry Keelin. "They had 12 active 'one-pot' meth labs. "You don't usually see that kind of volume at one location."

More than a half-dozen sheriff's department and Ashland Police Department cruisers and an Ashland Fire Department truck responded to the scene.

Benjamin R. Ward, 31, of 1500 Hilton Avenue, Ashland, was charged with trafficking in meth and manufacturing meth. Michelle R. Vaughn, 39, of the 500 block Barbie Court, Ashland, was charged with trafficking in meth and manufacturing meth. MIchael J. Crisp. 39, of 1500 Hilton Avenue, Ashland, was charged with manufacturing meth and possession of meth.

All three were transported to the Boyd County Detention Center.

Bond for all three was set at $25,000, according to jail records.

Boyd County District Judge Gerald Reams set a preliminary hearing for the defendants at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Reams appointed the Boyd County Public Defender's office to represent the defendants.

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