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Rockholds man accused of having meth lab components

A Rockhold man is being held in the Whitley County Detention Center in lieu of a $50,000 cash bond after being caught with meth lab components late Thursday evening.

William L. Mays, 36, of 7665 Highway 779, pleaded not guilty Friday morning to manufacturing methamphetamine and three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.

District Judge Fred White appointed the public advocate's office to represent Mays, and scheduled a Feb. 6 preliminary hearing in his case.

Kentucky State Police Troopers Les Moses and Tony Dingess noticed a strong chemical odor while on patrol on Ky. 779 near Bear Branch Road about 11:21 p.m. Thursday.

They followed the smell to Mays' residence. After getting permission to search the residence, police discovered components used in the manufacture of methamphetamine inside an upstairs bedroom, Moses wrote on the arrest citation.

Police found Coleman fuel, table salt, a HCL generator, a one-step meth lab, ammonium nitrate, drain cleaner and other items used to make the illicit drug, Moses wrote.

The wanton endangerment charges stem from tenants in the next-door apartment being exposed to toxic chemicals, which could have caused the risk of death or serious physical injury to someone in close proximity to the meth lab, according to the citation.

KSP Drug Enforcement and Special Investigations East officers also assisted with the investigation.

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