BEREA — Berea Police arrested four people Wednesday at the Knights Inn on Chestnut Street, including a man they said tried to conceal a meth lab on his person.
Officers conducting a drug investigation said they noticed William J. Gilbert, 28, exit a motel room acting suspiciously, according to a BPD news release.
After being advised of his rights, Gilbert told police he was carrying a one-step meth-making device, the release added.
Three other adults and a 17-year-old were found in the motel room Gilbert exited. The adults were arrested and the minor, who was a ward of the state, was turned over to juvenile authorities.
Gilbert, who resides at the motel, was charged with first-degree manufacturing methamphetamine, first-degree trafficking and possession of a controlled substance, endangering the welfare of a minor and drug paraphernalia possession.
Brent A. Oliver, 23, of Berea, and Jessica Brock, 27, of Richmond were charged with the same offenses as Gilbert.
Ranissa Lainhart, 26, of Paint Lick was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a minor.
All four were taken to the Madison County Detention Center where each remained Thursday evening, according to the jail’s online records.
Another drug investigation led to a search and two arrests July 18.
Officers searched the home of Sherry Sturgill, 33, in the Big Hill community, and found a half gram of crystal meth as well as marijuana and several items of drug paraphernalia, according to a BPD news release.
She was charged with first-degree trafficking and possession of a controlled substance as well as drug paraphernalia possession.
Shannon King, 37, of Berea was also at the home, the news release added. He was charged with first-degree controlled substance possession and drug paraphernalia possession.
Both were taken to the detention center, from which King was released the same day. Sturgill remained incarcerated Thursday evening, according to the jail’s online records.