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Dry Ridge meth lab bust nets four arrests

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By Jamie Baker-Nantz

Two men and two women spent New Year’s Day in the Grant County Detention Center after police charged them with making methamphetamine.

The arrests occurred at 10:23 p.m. on Dec. 31 at Locust Ridge Apartments in Dry Ridge when Kentucky State Police officers removed the four suspects in handcuffs.

Those arrested include:
• Jennifer Crouch, 33. Crouch is charged with possession of controlled substances, manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
• JB Morris, 32. Morris is charged with possession of controlled substances, manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Police later executed an outstanding warrant for Morris.
• David Morris, 48. Morris is charged with possession of controlled substances, manufacturing methamphetamine and child endangerment.
• Kyle Morris, 30. Morris is charged with possession of controlled substances, manufacturing methamphetamine and child endangerment.

According to Dry Ridge Police Chief Rick Kells, police received a tip about a possible meth lab in an apartment.

This is the third time in three months that police have made meth-related arrests at Locust Ridge Apartments.

“We are seeing an increase in meth activity,” said Kells. “It’s probably the fastest growing drug abuse problem, outside of prescription drug abuse, out there.”

Kells said the trend may be due to the fact that methamphetamine production uses household ingredients and has gotten easier to make.

“When you see meth use increase you’ll see property crimes go up because people aren’t stealing to feed their families, but stealing to feed their drug addiction,” Kells said.

The arrests were a joint investigation between the Dry Ridge Police and the KSP.