Walker meth case sent to grand jury

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By Brad Bowman

During a hearing in Henry County District Court on Monday, Judge Diana E. Wheeler found enough evidence to move a case against sisters Amber and Sabrina Walker for a meth lab seized in their mother’s bedroom to the grand jury.

On May 22, Kentucky State Police Trooper Mitch Hazelett went to the Walkers’ resident on 343 Wolfpen Branch Road to serve a warrant for the sisters’ mother, Christina Walker.

A confidential informant told Hazelett that Christina Walker had an active meth lab at the home. Sabrina Walker met the trooper outside and allowed him into the home to search for their mother.

Upon entering the trailer, Hazelett could smell the odor of meth production in the residence.

“It’s something you learn in the field,” Hazelett said. “When you go into a house and it smells like cleaning products, but the house isn’t in pristine condition you know something is going on. “

While searching the residence to ensure their mother was not hiding on the property, the officers found Coleman lighter fluid, Drano, plastic tubing, tin foil, pseudoephedrine, lithium batteries, other drain cleaners and a Target bag containing plastic bottles underneath Christina and Geremy Walker’s bed.

Hazelett accessed a database compiled with names of people that have purchased pseudoephedrine and found information listing Amber and Sabrina Walker’s brother John E. Walker as the one who purchased the meth precursor. Also in the bedroom they found a wooden box.

“It was a wooden box about two feet deep labeled ‘happy camper’ on it,” Hazelett said. “The meth inside had finished cooking, but hadn’t been separated yet.”

Troopers also collected a bong, eight marijuana pipes, metal scales, plastic baggies and traces of marijuana.

Both defense attorneys stated that neither Amber nor Sabrina Walker knew of their mother’s meth lab, only that Amber Walker admitted she smoked pot.

Troopers also found a 5-month infant and two children ages 2 and 6 in the residence belonging to Sabrina Walker. Social services removed the children from the home and allowed the Walker’s grandmother to have temporary custody.

During the search, Henry County EMS transported the children to Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville for examination. According to court documents, Kosair’s examination indicated the children showed no trace of exposure to the chemicals used in meth production. The results did not satisfy the prosecution or Trooper Hazelett.

“They could’ve been given a bath before we arrived,” Hazelett said. “The bedroom door was open and the children were walking around everywhere in the house.”

During the issue of bond reduction, Henry County Attorney Virginia Harrod confirmed her position of nothing less than a $10,000 cash bond.

“In cases like this involving children, it’s just about as hideous as it gets,” Harrod said. “Especially when they could’ve died from exposure.”

Sabrina Walker’s attorney contested that there was no evidence that she lived at the home full-time and the police did not find the drug paraphernalia or marijuana on her. Her attorney stated during the initial interview with police Sabrina Walker lied to protect her mother and told authorities it was her primary residence where she paid rent. 

Judge Wheeler ruled that there was enough probable cause to send the case to the grand jury and reduced the Walkers’ bonds to a $10,000 surety. Amber and Sabrina Walker were assessed as low-flight risks. Wheeler ordered that the Walker sisters could not return to live at the residence, or Henry County and must report to pretrial officers on weekly basis and be subject to random drug tests.

Geremy Walker was arrested Friday, June 22, and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, 1st offense; unlawful possession of a meth precursor, 1st offense; drug paraphernalia, buy/possess; possession of marijuana; unlawful distribution of a meth precursor, 1st offense; and controlled substance endangerment to a child, 4th degree.