Police Discover Meth Lab In Powell County

By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email
By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email

Emergency crews have now cleared the scene after a meth lab was discovered in Clay City.

Police arrested 41-year-old Joseph Carpenter and his wife, 35-year-old Valerie at the scene. They are both charged with manufacturing Methanphetamine. Investigators say other charges could follow.

Police say their 14-year-old son and 18-year-old daughter were at the Daniel's Branch home and are now with relatives.

Trooper Jerry Perkins discovered the lab in a bathroom of the home after a tipster contacted officers saying children were at home while their parents were making meth.

After his exposure to the lab, Perkins complained of eye and throat irritation and was rushed to the hospital in Clark County. He was released overnight.

State police say everyone who was inside the home had to be de-contaminated once the haz-mat teams got there.

Joseph and Valarie Carpenter are scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday morning. In the meantime, they are being held in the Powell County Jail on a $100,000 cash bond.


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  • by Jessie Location: Danville on Mar 3, 2009 at 05:43 AM
    I worked with Joe at First Choice for several years, about five years ago. I always knew him to be an honest, intelligent, and hardworking man. I only met his wife a few times but she seemed to put her children first in everything she did. It's a shame to see what drugs can do to good people. I hope they are both able to overcome this.
  • by denisa Location: lexington on May 9, 2008 at 08:51 AM
    What happened to Joseph and Valerie Carpenter? I actually knew Joe ,I never would have thought this about him. He was well respected throughout the Southbrook community in Nicholasville where he worked for 18 years under First Choice Installers, and Bill Doyle First Choice Builders. I guess this proves that you dont really know the ones you think you know. Does anyone know if they are even in jail?
  • by johnny Location: ky on Mar 6, 2008 at 04:25 AM
    i can not say anything about any other county i live in harlan county.drugs are bad here.i belive every county in kentucky has a drug problem.and in every state it is not only in ky
  • by Good Job Location: Clay City KY on Mar 5, 2008 at 07:40 PM
    I am from Powell County I have to say that our wonderful Sheriff and local police have been on the ball the last year at putting them behind bars where they belong. I personally know trooper perkins, although highly scared of him, he is a big guy, and I want everyone to know that I appreciate them very much for everything they do. And a big shout out to Danny the Sheriff great job! If only the rest would have done this good of a job!
  • by on the inside Location: in KY on Mar 4, 2008 at 03:17 PM
    Here we go again, why don't we bash folks on this forum, ridicule a person simply because of where they are from. I am involved with the state prisons and have some understanding how the system works, a fellow poster blames the sentcing commission, we all know Fletcher was tough on crime...............what a riot...Fletcher also wanted to change sentencing guidelines, under Fletcher the Corrections commissioner John Rees made it clear get inmates to some cushy half way house or figure some way to get them out of prison. How am I aware of this? My job to do that. We have a system out of control and are soft on inmates now as it is, our wardens assure the inmates they will get all the goodtime they can get. Say what you want look at the education levels of those accused, see how you are impressed with the facts that the folks who make meth cannot spell meth! Apathy and the blame game does not solve the problem.
  • by Lavonna H Location: Stanton on Mar 4, 2008 at 10:51 AM
    I agree that everyone should be held responsible for their actions and Powell County is just like every other county with drug problems, they are all about the same and until people stand up and act like a mother and father and stop acting stupid in front of their kids, how can we expect kids to not grow up on the drugs? I never one time indicated that no one should not take personal responsibility or that Powell wasn't like other counties. I know how Powell Co. is, been living in Powell for almost 41 years and it is getting worse. Like the email that is going around ‘why shouldn't they be drug tested to draw a check just to sit at home and stay high’ I had to get drug tested to get a job to feed my girls why should they live high on the hog and not work? I hope they make more busts and get the drugs out.
  • by 79 Location: Frankfort on Mar 4, 2008 at 06:13 AM
    Stay strong J-bird
  • by Mike on Mar 4, 2008 at 05:52 AM
    I don't think Joey was picking on Powell County; Powell County is involved in a lot of stories involving drugs and he was making that point. No, it doesn't matter where it happens; it is happening. I can't blame the government however. People who don't want to take responsibility for their actions, have no morals, etc., are the ones to blame. We all know drugs can do terrible things to you, yet people with no self control or common sense continue to take and sell them. If there was one thing we could get the government to do, it would be make common sense mandatory. Unfortunately, we know that can't happen. If you know someone on drugs or going down that path, do everything in your power to dissuade them from going there. Schedule a visit to the local jail and let law enforcement show them what happens when you get involved with drugs; not only from the incarcerated point of view, but how it affect your appearance. Can you say skank? Yep, I knew you could.
  • by Me! Location: Ky on Mar 4, 2008 at 05:34 AM
    You said a mouth full c in fkt!!!!It is true, our judicial system uses tax payers money to get these drug dealers off the street and then a "committee" comes along and over-rules the conviction,letting them out to do it again. It makes me sick when honest hard working people try so hard to keep their heads above water and then comes a drug dealer. He/she don't work. They simply deal drugs and live so much better than the average Joe.Who cares what county the bust was made in. The point is A BUST WAS MADE.That is a very small portion of drugs that will not make it to the streets for some 11 or 12 year old to get hooked on.You people arguing over which county is guilty of more than another need to step back and look around you instead of up in the clouds. I think that is denial to think it is not everywhere.I also agree to pray for all those addicted and dealing. Thats what we are supposed to do.Instead of building more government funded apartments, there needs to be jails built.
  • by c Location: fkt on Mar 4, 2008 at 04:20 AM
    I wonder why law enforcement is even bothering with these drug crimes. The Sentencing Committee is about to turn thousands of drug dealers/users back on the streets. So why waste money arresting these people, if they will get no punishment for their crimes? I'm frustrated with the whole judicial system in this country. We have no justice anymore. I believe once someone is convicted by a jury of his/her peers, then no one should have the right to undo that conviction & punishment should be carried out! But because we have so many in prison, now they want to just undo everything that's been done. That's stupidity at it's finest by our government! We have people in prisons because we DO NOT PUNISH them like other countries do. We baby our criminals, other countries DO NOT! The drug dealers will take over this country if the Sentencing Committee has it's way. Makes me wonder who on the committe is the drug lord, he/she is losing money & wants to get it back! The heck with the victims!
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