by Cris Ritchie — Editor
HAZARD – Four people were indicted this month in two separate cases involving allegations of manufacturing meth in Perry County.
Three of the indictments were returned after alleged meth-making materials were found on April 4 inside a vehicle at Town Mountain. Wooton residents Terry A. Hendrix, 23, and Ricky Hendrix, 25, along with 30-year-old Ashley McDaniel of Avawam, are each facing charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, a Class B felony which carries a maximum of 20 years in prison.
Terry Hendrix and McDaniel were arrested on the evening of April 4 after Kentucky State Police Trooper Derrick Combs, who also served as the grand jury witness, stopped a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier being driven by Hendrix. According to the arrest citation, a third person in the back seat of the vehicle fled the scene on foot, while a subsequent search of the car turned up an alleged mobile meth lab which consisted of several bottles and items that can be used to make meth.
The grand jury returned the indictments on Friday, which included the charges against Ricky Hendrix who was not arrested at the scene in April, but was charged later that month, according to court records. In addition to the manufacturing meth charge, the three are facing one count of unlawful possession of a meth precursor and three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, the latter charge added, according to the indictment, because the meth lab posed a risk of explosion which could have injured three police officers on the scene.
Terry Hendrix is additionally facing counts relating to the traffic stop, including rear license not illuminated, failure to produce an insurance card, and failure to maintain required insurance.
Bond for each of the defendants was set at $75,000.
The grand jury also returned an indictment in a second meth-related case last week, this one against Hazard resident Christopher Andrew Minks.
Minks, 38, was arrested by officers with the Hazard Police Department on April 8 after police responded to his home in the Lothair community, where Minks lived with his parents, concerning a complaint of a possible meth lab.
Inside the residence, police say they found a one-step meth lab that appeared to be inactive at the time. A meth removal team was called to the scene to dispose of the materials.
Minks was indicted on charges of manufacturing meth, first-degree possession of a controlled substance for a quantity of meth allegedly found at the residence, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Randy Napier with the Hazard Police Department served as the grand jury witness.
Minks’ bond was set at $75,000.