MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY (KFVS) - A Metropolis man faces a number of drug related charges after a crash in McCracken County on Saturday.
Loren D. Elam, 56, of Metropolis, was charged with:
· Operating a motor vehicle on a suspend or revoked license 2nd offense aggravating circumstances (a class "d" felony)
· Operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs/ alcohol 2nd offense aggravating circumstances ( a class "b" misdemeanor)
· Failure to maintain required insurance 1st offense (a class "a" misdemeanor)
· Manufacturing methamphetamine 1st offense (firearm enhanced) (a class "a" felony)
· Possession of a controlled substance 1st degree 2nd offense (firearm enhanced)(a class "c" felony)
· Unlawful possession of a meth precursor 1st offense (a class "d" felony)
· Possession of drug paraphernalia (a class "a" misdemeanor)
· Carrying concealed deadly weapon ( a class "a" misdemeanor)
· Possession of a handgun by a convicted felon (a class "c" felony)
It happened around 8:15 p.m. around the 9-mile marker of I-24.
Deputies Elam was driving an Oldsmobile minivan west bound on I-24. Elam, who deputies say was under the influence of alcohol, ran off the road and crashed into several trees. He was not injured. Deputies also seized a loaded .380 caliber pistol from Elam.
Deputies continued to investigate the collision that resulted in the search of Elam's vehicle.
Deputies say they found Elam had four separate methamphetamine "shake and bake" manufacturing labs contained within the vehicle.
According to the sheriff's office, two of the labs were found to be actively cooking or reacting, making them highly unstable due to the chemical and vapor hazards produced by the contents.
Several of the ingredients used in the methamphetamine production process were also found, according to the sheriff's office. Finished methamphetamine product was also seized.
Additional personnel were called in to destroy the substances. Roadside processing of the scene took around four hours.
Deputies say Elam has a prior conviction for trafficking in a controlled substance 1st degree 1st offense methamphetamine in May of 2013 in McCracken County.
Elam was also served with an outstanding arrest warrant out of Massac County, Illinois.