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The LaRue County Sheriff’s office and Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force combined for a total of four drug-related arrests last week in LaRue County.
Lewis Ray “Jody” Ireland Jr., 44, of Magnolia, and Deela Dawn Chandler, 31, of Hodgenville, were each charged Aug. 21 with cultivating marijuana and trafficking.
Several officers served a search warrant at Ireland’s residence on South L&N Turnpike.
LaRue County Sheriff Merle Edlin said there were five-to-six-foot marijuana plants growing beside Ireland’s back porch “in plain view.” There was evidence of starter pods inside the house.
LaRue Deputy Eric Williamson, who also works with the GHCNTF, said scales and baggies were found inside the residence. Indoor grow equipment was found in the basement, he added, although there were no plants in the room.
Williamson said he received information of a drug delivery that would take place at Ireland’s tire shop on South Lincoln Boulevard in Hodgenville later that day.
Two Elizabethtown residents – James Lyle Neff, 33, and Pamela Darlene Sadler, 49 – were charged with trafficking in controlled substance, less than 2 grams of methamphetamine, at Ireland’s shop.
Neff and Sadler were in possession of a small quantity of crystal meth, according to Williamson.
All four were lodged in the LaRue County Detention Center.
Ireland was released on a $1,000 cash bond. Chandler was released on a $500 unsecured bond.
Sadler’s and Neff’s bonds were was set at $5,000 cash.
The four will be arraigned Sept. 3 in LaRue District Court.