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Meth lab found in car after traffic stop in Lexington


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A man is under arrest after police say they pulled him over for running a stop sign and found a meth lab in his car Sunday morning.

Police tell WKYT around 2:00 a.m., they pulled over 35-year-old Raymond D. Estep on Marquis Drive, not far from the Kroger on Euclid. Officers say Estep seemed nervous, and when they started asking questions, he admitted to them there was a mobile meth lab in his car and he didn't want them to get hurt by the chemicals.

Lexington Narcotics Unit and DEA Task Force Meth Lab clean up teams responded to the scene to secure and process the vehicle and its toxic contents.

"There is a explosion risk, but primarily these are very caustic chemicals. You've got lye, you've got ether, just the methamphetamine itself when it's made. These are all chemicals that you don't want to breathe into the system," explained Lexington Police Lt. Chris VanBrackel.

Estep was arrested and charged with manufacturing and possessing methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia, as well as traffic violations.


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