January 10, 2014
It’s bad enough that Kentuckians too frequently learn about another meth lab being discovered, but it is even worse when methamphetamine is being produced in a house where children are present.
This newspaper has reported on these crimes numerous times through the years and has editorialized that those who manufacture meth with kids present are the lowest of the low and should have the book thrown at them.
John Franklin Williams and Bethany Dawn Guffey are charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree endangerment (police officer), first-degree possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a meth precursor and fourth-degree controlled substance endangerment to a child. Williams is also charged with first-degree fleeing or evading police.
On Friday, a judge found probable cause that a crime had been committed and sent the case to a grand jury.
The case stems from a Dec. 26 complaint that the Warren County’s Sheriff’s Office responded to about a meth lab in a garage at a Bowling Green house.
According to the case file, investigators found 17 one-pot labs, 14 hydrogen chloride generators with meth production and empty blister packs of medication in the garage. Deputies found a black duffel bag in the backyard that contained an active meth lab within a 2-liter bottle, along with drug paraphernalia associated with meth production near the site of the duffel bag. The report alleges Williams was seen trying to leave in a vehicle from the residence. He was stopped by a deputy. Guffey was found at the garage entrance and she denied any knowledge of the meth labs in the garage.
Three juveniles were in the house while deputies were there and were later taken from the house at the time of the arrests.
While Williams and Guffey are both presumed innocent until proven guilty, this report portrays a pretty grim picture.
They will both have their days in court, but if they are found guilty, both deserve the longest prison sentence possible.
— The Daily News, Bowling Green