3 face drug charges in Fulton
Posted: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 7:39 am
Three people were charged with drug-related offenses Thursday after law enforcement officers found a suspected meth lab while executing a search warrant at a Fulton apartment.
Arrested were Casey Travis Dudek, 24, of Fulton; Heather Marie Bateman, 21, of Union City; and Leisa Ann Rainey, 47, of Fulton.
Dudek and Ms. Rainey were each charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, first-degree wanton endangerment and possession of drug paraphernalia, while Ms. Bateman was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and first-degree wanton endangerment, according to a Fulton Police Department press release.
Dudek and Ms. Bateman were arrested at the scene in the apartment and Ms. Rainey was arrested a short time later in the area. All three suspects were lodged in the Fulton County (Ky.) Detention Center pending bond decisions.
Police reported the search warrant was executed Thursday at 1001 Airport Road, Apt. 7, in Fulton. During the search, officers allegedly found numerous items of drug paraphernalia and located a suspected methamphetamine lab in the apartment.
Due to the volatile nature of the substances present in and around a meth lab, the building was evacuated of tenants and the Kentucky State Police’s Methamphetamine Lab Disposal Unit was contacted for assistance, according to police.
The operation was a joint investigation after the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department received new information regarding an ongoing drug investigation by the Fulton Police Department. City officers and county deputies were assisted at the scene by the KSP, the South Fulton Police Department and the Fulton Fire Department.
Police said all three suspects were officially charged with one count of wanton endangerment, but listed as 24 counts. The number of counts will be upgraded if and when the case is presented to the February grand jury of Fulton County Circuit Court. Each count will represent each tenant and officer evacuated from the building due to the dangers of a meth lab.
Ms. Rainey’s vehicle, a 1993 Buick, is believed to have been used to further the commission of the crime and was seized pending forfeiture proceedings, according to police.
Dudek was reported to have a prior felony conviction in Weakley County for manufacturing methamphetamine and other related drug offenses.
Fulton police said manufacturing methamphetamine is a Class B felony which carries a penalty up to 10 to 20 years for the first offense and a Class A felony where a suspect could face up to 20-plus years for a second offense.
First-degree wanton endangerment is a Class D felony with a penalty of up to one to five years of confinement, while possession of drug paraphernalia is a Class A misdemeanor for the first offense and a Class D felony for a second offense.
Published in The Messenger 1.10.11