CRAB ORCHARD — Three people were arrested in a Lincoln County meth bust Wednesday morning after a shoplifting investigation.
About 7:30 a.m., Lincoln County Sheriff Curt Folger received a call about an individual shoplifting from a Crab Orchard convenience store.
Folger said the caller told him the suspect went toward Stanford Street, which gave him “a pretty good idea” where the suspect was headed.
Folger arrived at 336 Stanford St. and was met at the door by the home’s renter, Jimmy D. Lamb, 36. Lamb told Folger the shoplifting suspect, Shon Berryman, 26, of Crab Orchard, was in the home.
Folger said when he entered the residence, he could smell a meth operation.
“You could smell the chemical smell really strong,” he said.
Folger received consent to search the residence and located a meth lab in the kitchen area.
Folger said the suspects also had tried to hide an active “shake-and-bake” meth operation in a backpack, which was located in the residence as well.
Police found Draino, salts, lithium batteries and “pretty much all of the ingredients to run an active lab,” Folger said.
Lamb and Berryman were arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and unlawful possession of meth precursors.
Another resident in the house, Alicia York, 28, was also arrested on the same charges. All three were lodged in the Lincoln County Regional Jail.
Crab Orchard Constable Jesse Harris assisted Lincoln deputies on the scene. Kentucky State Police Hazmat was called to clean up the two labs.
Folger also located an item shoplifted from the convenience store in the residence, according to a press release.
The three arrests make 10 total arrests for manufacturing methamphetamine in Lincoln County in less than five days.
Seven people were arrested Saturday for allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine in Stanford.