"Meth Bust" in Combs just blocks away from elementary school

By: Eric Eckstrom Email
By: Eric Eckstrom Email

Two people are behind bars following a meth investigation in Perry County. An anonymous tip led Perry County Sheriff's deputies to an abandoned building in Combs, the grounds of a former community center.

“The officers made entry into the abandoned building, and located two individuals in there, and they were in close proximity to the meth lab”, says Tony Eversole of the Perry County Sheriff’s Department.

30-year-old Clifton H. Plowman and 35-year-old Elizabeth Paige Fugate were arrested on site, now charged with multiple crimes, including the manufacturing of meth and criminal trespassing.

“It's scary. I mean my family lives around here too…and it's scary for the children and stuff in the community because they are around it and [Methamphetamine] is so volatile, so if they walk in on this and get a good breath of it, they're gone,” Eversole said.

The issue of children is particularly relevant given the close proximity of the structure to A.B. Combs Elementary School, something area neighbors say only adds to already troubling concerns.

“There are so many kids in the community and their school. Our church prays for this community every day, but I think it's wonderful [they shut down] one more. We just need to get the rest of them now,” said Robyn Barger, a nearby resident.

Kentucky State Police are assisting the Sheriff’s Office with disposing the hazardous materials. Both Plowman and Fugate are being held at the Kentucky River Regional Jail in Hazard.

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