Three arrested for meth; two nabbed before

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 27, 2009

A Vicksburg man and woman out of jail on bond on methamphetamine charges were arrested Monday on new meth charges, Sheriff Martin Pace said today.

Kim Whatley, 45, and Bruce Lewis, 50, both of 251 Whatley Hollow Road, were charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

Whatley faces an additional charge of possession of precursor chemicals.

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An additional suspect, Gregory Neal Massey, 44, 2550 U.S. 61 North, was arrested later at the residence and charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

Both Whatley and Lewis were arrested Dec. 19. At that time they were charged with  possession of precursors and manufacturing a controlled substance.

Monday’s arrest took place after deputies and agents with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration stopped the two around 5 p.m. while they were driving on Villanova Road near Whatley Hollow Road, Pace said.

“We had received information that even while out on bond for a similar charge Whatley and Lewis were still manufacturing meth,” he said. The pair were under surveillance while they appeared to be purchasing the precursors Monday.

Precursor chemicals were found in the car, as well as at the home, which was searched after investigators received permission to conduct a search.

“In the backyard of the home, investigators found components of a meth lab that had been used,” Pace added.

Massey drove up to the home around 7 p.m. while investigators were searching the home and property. He was found to have precursors, as well.

Whatley Hollow is near Redwood Road north of the city. At least one other meth-related arrest has occurred in the Redwood community in recent months.

Other meth arrests have taken place south of the city on Poole Road and Chance Lane, and within city limits on Cherry Street and East Clay Street.

Whatley, Lewis and Massey were in the Warren County Jail this morning awaiting their initial hearing, when a judge would decide they were eligible for bond, Pace said.