A Cumberland man is facing methamphetamine charges following his arrest by Operation UNITE detectives on Saturday.
Larry Lucas, 31, was arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, unlawful possession of methamphetamine precursors and second-degree wanton endangerment.
According to a press release issued by Operation UNITE, an anonymous tip led UNITE officers and Cumberland City Police officers to Slope Hollow shortly after noon on Saturday. Slope Hollow is a remote area between Evarts and Cumberland. There are no residences in the area where the incident occurred, police said.
According to the citation issued by Cumberland City Police, UNITE detectives notified the Cumberland officers that Lucas was going to manufacture methamphetamine. Cumberland City Police Officers Cody Williamson and Tyler Hensley then staked out the area.
The release states that a short time later, police spotted Lucas leaving the area with a bottle containing an active chemical reaction to produce methamphetamine as well as most of the components used in the manufacturing process for the production of methamphetamine. When he realized he had been spotted, Lucas attempted to dispose of the bottle, police said.
Lucas was arrested and the equipment, fuel and some of the methamphetamine product were seized without incident, according to the press release.
He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $20,000 full cash bond.
The release states additional charges are pending presentation of the case to the Harlan Grand Jury.
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