BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Neighbors say they aren’t surprised to hear that police found six “shake and bake” meth labs in a house on their block in Summit, Ky.
Boyd County Sheriff’s deputies and Kentucky State Police troopers got a tip Thursday night about possible drug activity at a house in the 5300 block of Pine Hill Drive. On Friday morning, deputies and troopers came to the house and said that they could see spent labs inside the house from the outside. They knocked on the door and spoke to the man inside, Fred Fraley, Jr., 39, who gave his consent for them to search the house.
“The one-step “shake and bake” meth labs […] the bottles contained the salt left over. There was a little bit of finished product in the plate in the bedroom,” Sgt. Rob Donta of the Boyd County Sheriff’s Office said. “Some generators, tubing, all the precursors to make more meth.”
Donta said Fraley told deputies he had been making meth for a while for his own use, but that he was not selling it.
“He said the way he'd learned to do it, he'd watched it one time and come back to the house and said he thought he could do it, so he went ahead and tried it and started making it,” Donta said.
Henry Franklin, who lives on Pine Hill Drive, said he has lived in the neighborhood for 50 years and knew there was something going on at that house.
“You'd see people going in and out of there all hours of the night, pull in there and stay two minutes and back out,” Franklin said. “I have no idea what they were bringing in and out, you know. I just [saw] them coming and going.”
He added that he would hear loud cars go by his house at 3 a.m.
“This is a perfect neighborhood other than that house there. There's never been anybody in any trouble, all good neighbors,” Franklin said. “I hope to see that house burned down. It's been a mess down there for years.”
Donta said neighbors should call law enforcement if they suspect anything.
“It's better for us to check it out, it's better to be safe than sorry,” Donta said. “There's no need to live in fear, and don't worry about us telling anybody. We just want the information -- we don't want your name. You don't even have to leave your name.”
Fraley has been charged with manufacturing meth, as well as making and possessing meth and the materials to make meth. He is being held at the Boyd County Detention Center.
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