Three charged with manufacturing meth

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Tip from social services led to arrest

By Linda Ireland

Three Magnolia residents have been charged in conjunction with an alleged methamphetamine lab.

Ricky Glenn Stearman, 48, Tammy Lynn Stearman, 35, and Shaun Christopher Manookian, 27, of 4906 S. L&N Turnpike were each charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, first offense; unlawful possession of meth precursor and two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, according to court records.

LaRue County Deputy Matt Darst said he received a call from social services about 9 p.m. Sept. 10 requesting a check of the residence.

“They said there was suspected meth activity,” Darst said.

Darst, along with Deputy Russell McCoy, Sheriff Bobby Shoffner and Kentucky State Trooper Jonathan Vaughn, obtained verbal consent to search the Stearman’s residence.

“We entered a camper trailer in the back yard and found an active meth lab,” Darst said.

The officers found two containers of drain cleaner, coffee filters, Coleman fuel and empty blister packs of Sudafed – all ingredients in the manufacture of the illegal drug, Darst said. Two officers from the Hardin County Drug Task Force cleaned up the alleged lab.

There were four children ages 6-16 living in the residence; two are now with relatives; two are in foster care, Darst said.

Ricky Stearman was also charged with 11 counts of convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

Manookian was also charged with violation of his court release agreement. He pleaded guilty Aug. 14 to one count of complicity, theft by unlawful taking under $300; and complicity, third-degree burglary in LaRue Circuit Court. He was sentenced to two years, conditionally discharged and five years probation. He was furloughed until his final sentencing Oct. 5.

Bail for Ricky Stearman and Manookian was set at $250,000 cash; Tammy Stearman’s bond was set at $100,000 cash.

All three will be arraigned in LaRue District Court today.

Darst said the investigation is ongoing and more evidence will be presented to the LaRue County Grand Jury.