HAZARD — The number of meth making cases in Perry County continue to rise after deputies with the sheriff’s office arrested a Big Creek man earlier this week.
Deputies arrived at 1309 Big Creek Road Tuesday afternoon after receiving a complaint that 34-year-old Robert Shockey was manufacturing methamphetamine inside the residence. According to the arrest citation filed by Deputy Jerry Burns, Shockey had active warrants at the time, and gave authorities consent to search the home upon their arrival.
That’s when Burns reported locating a backpack filled with several items used to make meth, including “lye, coffee filters, lithium batters and a bottle with a tube believed to have meth product in it.”
Burns noted that Shockey’s aunt was also living in the residence at the time, and was “in need of oxygen.”
Shockey was arrested and charged with manufacturing meth and unlawful possession of meth precursors. He was additionally charged with first-degree wanton endangerment and lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Jail in Hazard.
Shockey’s arrest is the latest in a string of charges filed against Perry County residents in meth-related cases. Three men were indicted by the grand jury just last week for allegedly making meth in a small shack located on property in the Bonnyman community. Others have been arrested in the Lothair, Town Mountain, and Slemp communities.