May 7, 2013

Meth makers arrested at motel

By Nita Johnson
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — The quick action of business owners to alert police to items purchased to make methamphetamine resulted in the arrests of two Laurel residents on Wednesday morning.

Now, 35-year-old Rickie Eubanks of Level Green Road in Keavy and 29-year-old Marissa N. McConnell are behind bars for their purchases.

The meth-making plan unfolded when Laurel County Sheriff’s Deputy Greg Turner and Deputy John Inman went to a store, 10 miles south of London, around 7 a.m. A complaint that two persons had purchased items frequently used to manufacture meth led to a description of a vehicle used by the couple.

A short time later, the vehicle — a black Lincoln — was spotted in a parking lot of a motel off Ky. 770, near Exit 29 off I-75.

The two deputies conducted an investigation and found not only items used to make meth, but also spoons with burn marks on them and used needles.

Both Eubanks and McConnell are charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, first offense, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Eubanks, a thrice-convicted felon, is also charged with being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

Both are held at the Laurel County Detention Center, with Detective Jason Back continuing the investigation.