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Man gets 10 for meth

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By Brad Bowman

Henry County Circuit Court Judge Karen Conrad sentenced a Pendleton man to 10 years in a methamphetamine case.

Kentucky State Police originally arrested Joshua Clift, 24, of Pendleton on June 8, 2012, on meth-related charges including manufacturing methamphetamine with a ‘one-step’ meth lab on the property of a residence at Pendleton Loop. Less than three months later, Kentucky State Police would arrest Clift again with a meth lab in his car in the driveway.

In Henry County Circuit Court Thursday, Clift’s public defender, Ashley Bailey, explained components of Clift’s first arrest during his sentencing.

“There were two active labs still smoking,” Bailey said. “There was an active lab found under a rock by his house.”

Trooper Brody Jodry had stopped by the residence to serve a bench warrant on someone else, but found cold compress packs, lithium batteries, a battery cutter, needles, muriatic acid, razor blades and a ‘one-step’ meth lab in a used bottle. State police arrested Clift on charges for manufacturing methamphetamine 1st offense possession of a controlled substance; possession of drug paraphernalia; and theft by unlawful taking.

Clift was released on July 23, 2012, from Carroll County Detention Center and arrested again Oct. 27, 2012, for the lab in his car by chance, according to Kentucky State Police.

“Trooper Whalen hadn’t planned on stopping at Clift’s residence, but had received information that he had been cooking meth again,” Arterburn said. “He saw Clift get out of his vehicle and stopped to talk to him and the meth precursors were in plain sight.”

According to Arterburn, Whalen could smell the chemical odor coming from Clift’s car and found Sudafed and Coleman lighter fluid in his car. Four children ages 4 to 16 at the time of the arrest were in Clift’s house, but had not been exposed to the meth in his car.

Conrad sentenced Clift on charges that will run concurrent for 10 years on manufacturing methamphetamine 1st offense, 1st degree possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of meth precursor.