PDT Staff Writer
A man who barricaded himself inside a bathroom has been charged with felony manufacturing methamphetamine. Meanwhile, deputies overcome by fumes from the raid have been taken to an area hospital.
Greenup County Sheriff Keith M. Cooper said on Sunday, at around 12:02 a.m., deputies Rick Craft and Cody Fuller responded to 2943 Culp Creek Road, in rural Greenup County, Ky., in reference to the attempted service of a warrant on Hubert A. Dehart, age 42, of that address. Officers said when they entered the residence to attempt to serve the warrant, Dehart barricaded himself in the bathroom of the house where they said an active clandestine meth lab was cooking. Deputies said Dehart attempted to dispose of the cooking product as deputies gained entry into the bathroom where he was barricaded.
Dehart was taken into custody by both deputies, and shortly thereafter the deputies became overwhelmed by the fumes released by the hazardous material and were transported to the Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital (OLBH) emergency room, where Fuller was admitted into the intensive care unit, and Craft was treated and released
Cooper said the Sheriff’s Department was assisted at the scene by an officer from the Raceland, Russell, Worthington, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife; Little Sandy Volunteer Fire Department and the Greenup County Emergency Medical Services. The Russell Volunteer Fire Department set up a decontamination station at the entrance of the OLBH emergency room, where all affected persons involved were decontaminated.
Hubert A. Dehart of 2943 Culp Creek Road, Greenup, and Pamela S. Dehart, 42, of 3131 Winchester Ave., Apartment 703, Ashland, Ky., were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, first degree wanton endangerment of a police officer, and unlawful possession of meth precursor. Hubert Dehart also faces two counts of failure to appear for a misdemeanor citation. Cooper said the investigation into the incident is ongoing.
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