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Wells, Groves face charges in connection with meth lab

Two people were arrested after a meth lab was found in a residence on Laurel Street in Park Hills.

Samuel D. Wells, 35, and Shelly R. Groves, 32, of Park Hills, were arrested and have been charged with three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of a chemical with intent to make meth and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Their bond was set at $100,000.

According to the probable cause statement, officers received information about a meth lab where children were present.

On Friday, three Park Hills officers went to the residence where they could smell a strong chemical smell coming from the rear of the residence. Police asked Wells if he was making meth and Wells told them no.

An officer saw Wells throw a clear bottle behind a CD tower. After being handcuffed for the officers’ safety, he agreed to cooperate in the investigation and allow them to search his residence. He insisted his girlfriend, Groves, did not know anything about the meth lab.

Officers found bottles of liquids, meth precursors, pills, a bag of marijuana, a clear baggy with white substance, and syringes.

Later on, Groves was questioned at the police department. She admitted she suspected Wells was making meth in their house and in the garage. She admitted to using meth. She said three children, ages 6 to 2 were present that night when Wells was making meth.

Wells has a prior conviction for possession of a controlled substance.

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