Five Arrested on Drug Charges Monday Night
By WestKyStar Staff
PADUCAH, KY - Four men and one woman were arrested Monday night on methamphetamine-related charges, after an anonymous tip and a call for help because of a possible heart attack.

McCracken County Sheriff's deputies got a call at 8:14 pm from a man who believed he was having a heart attack. A short time later, they received a tip that drug activity was occuring at the same home, at 6261 Old Mayfield Road. When they responded to the house, they saw people running away from the scene, and found the man who had called for help. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

While in the home, deputies saw illegal drugs and paraphernalia in plain sight, so they secured the area. After hearing a noise in the attic, deputies found 29-year-old Josh Ruud hiding there, with marijuana, meth, paraphernalia, and meth-making supplies around him.

The Drug Enforcement Unit arrived to help in the investigation, and found three meth labs in an outbuilding, and three bags full of meth-making items in a nearby wooded area. The investigation determined that Ruud and his supplies had been brought to the house by 19-year-old Charles Travis Morehead, who received some methamphetamine from him. Some time later, 41-year-old Joe Bundren and 33-year-old Brian Blake brought psuedoephedrine pills to Ruud, and they also received some methamphetamine. Also, 19-year-old Shayla Snelling was found to have used meth at the home with these men, and Blake was identified as one of the people who fled as officers arrived. All five were arrested and taken to McCracken County Jail.

Records show that Blake, Bundren, Morehead, and Ruud were on probation or parole at the time of these felony arrests because of previous felony offenses.

Sheriff's deputies did not clarify if any of these men is the one who called with a possible heart attack.

Ruud is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, trafficking in a controlled substance first degree, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bundren and Blake are charged with unlawful distribution of methamphetamine precursors.

Snelling is charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia, and Morehead is charged with facilitation to manufacture of methamphetamine.

Published 06:54 AM, Tuesday Feb. 21, 2012
Updated 05:43 AM, Wednesday Feb. 22, 2012

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