Meth kits found in designer bag

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By Linda Ireland

A Hodgenville couple faces drug charges after methamphetamine was found in the trunk of their car during a traffic stop.


LaRue County Deputy Eric Williamson said he stopped a car driven by Cody Allen Bruenning, 25, on West Main Street in Hodgenville on May 28. 

Bruenning first identified himself as “Patrick Thompson,” then gave permission for the officer to search the vehicle.

“When I got to the trunk, as soon as I touched a Tommy Hilfiger bag, I looked up and he was running,” said Williamson.

The officer gave chase and caught Bruenning behind Hazle’s Farm Supply.

Williamson said the Hilfiger bag contained two one-step meth labs “plus everything used to manufacture meth.” The bag had been placed on top of a child’s baseball bag, bat and glove.

“The worst part of it was there was a kid sitting in the back seat,” said Williamson. “It that (meth lab) had caught fire or blew up, that little boy would have caught the worst of it.”

Bruenning was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, fleeing or evading police, endangering the welfare of a minor and giving a false name (to an officer). He was lodged in the LaRue County Detention Center under $200,000 cash bond.

Bruenning was wanted on outstanding warrants: failure of owner to maintain required insurance and no or expired registration plates.

Bruenning’s other passenger, Christy L. Offill, 31, the mother of the child, was charged with complicity, manufacturing methamphetamine. She may be facing additional charges, said Williamson.

They will be arraigned Wednesday in LaRue Circuit Court.