Corinth couple busted for meth, heroin

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By Jamie Baker-Nantz

A Corinth couple has been arrested on charges relating to possession of drugs and manufacturing drugs.

Justin Marshall, 25, and Rachel Collins, 28, both of Corinth, were charged by Grant County Sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Burke on Jan. 28 after police were called to a home on Ambassador Drive and found the two inside with methamphetamine and heroin, as well as ingredients to make meth.

Police received the call about 10:47 p.m. that flashlights were visible inside a home and that a pickup truck was backed up to the garage at a home no one had been living in for several weeks.
Burke arrived at the residence at 110 Ambassador Drive and was met by a man, later identified as Marshall, who was wearing a flashlight attached to his head.

“He said he had permission to be there and at one time, was actually living there,” said Grant County Sheriff Chuck Dills.
Burke discovered a pile of insulation from large gauge wiring in the living room.
“The copper (wire) had been removed,” Dills said. “The wire didn’t come from the house. We don’t know where it came from.”
Burke located Collins in a bedroom inside the house.
Police recovered 30 syringes, spoons containing heroin residue and plastic bags with a small amount of heroin inside scattered throughout the home.
Upon further investigation, Dills said deputies discovered a duffel bag with the initials “JM” containing items such as clear tubing, bottles with methamphetamine residue, funnels, lye and other ingredients, used in methamphetamine production.
“In the closet, we also found a homemade generator made out of cooler to make anhydrous ammonia, which is also used to make meth,” Dills said.
In a downstairs bedroom, police found a bright pink Vesta moped with a University of Kentucky parking sticker. After contacting Lexington police, they determined the moped had been stolen from UK.
“We believe it probably belonged to a student and was removed from campus when the ignition was tampered with,” Dills said.

Due to the electricity being turned off inside the home after the owners moved out several weeks ago, the Dry Ridge Fire Department provided lights for deputies to make a search of the property.

“We were also concerned because they apparently had been using a gas grill inside the bedroom for heat and there was an odor inside the home. Flashlights weren’t enough for us to conduct our investigation,” Dills said.

Kentucky State Police, including an officer with the Drug Enforcement Task Force, assisted at the scene, which took police 2 ½ hours to process.

Marshall was charged with possession of a controlled substance, first degree, second offense, manufacturing methamphetamine first offense and receiving stolen property under $1,000.
Collins was charged with possession of a controlled substance, first degree, first offense and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Both were lodged in the Grant County Detention Center.
Dills said this was the first meth lab arrests in 2013.
The case remains under investigation by Burke.