Men face trafficking charges

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By Sarah Bennett

 Three men were arrested Wednesday on charges related to methamphetamine after investigators witnessed an apparent drug transaction in an Elizabethtown restaurant parking lot.

Richard Brandon Tyler Cox, 26, of Munfordville, and Allen Wade Henderson, 31, of Sonora, face charges of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance – methamphetamine. Harry L. Jones, 50, of Radcliff is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

All three men are lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

Detective Rob Green with the Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force said investigators were at Walmart in Elizabethtown following up on a previous complaint when they observed shoppers allegedly attempting to buy materials consistent with manufacturing methamphetamine.

Two male shoppers split up with one purchasing lithium batteries and the other attempting to purchase pseudoephedrine, which he was denied, Green said. Both items are used in the “shake-and-bake” method of methamphetamine production.

Green also said he recognized one of the shoppers as Henderson, whom the detective had charged before with manufacturing methamphetamine.

Investigators followed the shoppers to the nearby Steak & Shake parking lot where they met a second car and observed what appeared to be a hand-to-hand exchange, he said.

The suspects left the parking lot, and police eventually stopped both vehicles, Green said.

Investigators stopped Jones’ vehicle on Ky. 1600, according to a citation. During a consensual vehicle search, police recovered methamphetamine as well as marijuana pipes.

Elizabethtown police officers stopped the second vehicle, which Cox and Henderson were in, Green said.

In addition to finding lithium batteries purchased at Walmart, he said investigators traced the methamphetamine found on Jones back to Cox and Henderson.

Green anticipates more charges will be filed.

“There’s going to be more to it once we go to the preliminary hearing and the grand jury,” Green said.

Jones is lodged in lieu of a partially secured $25,000 bond while Cox and Henderson are under $75,000 cash bonds.