Pair arrested for allegedly making meth in Lexington motel room

kward1@herald-leader.comApril 29, 2013 

A man and a woman were arrested Monday for operating a meth lab in a room at the Knights Inn off Newtown Pike in Lexington, Kentucky State Police said.

A 13-year-old boy who was in the motel room was taken to a hospital to be checked as a precaution, said trooper Ronald Turley of the state police.

The man, Thomas John Stephens, 39, was convicted in 2008 of manufacturing meth in Fayette County and was on probation, Turley said.

Turley said state police had received anonymous tips recently that Stephens was cooking meth again.

Troopers found him at the Knights Inn about 2:30 p.m. Monday, but "he would not allow us to gain entry into the room," Turley said.

Because Stephens is on probation, Turley said, state police called probation and parole officers.

"He's got to open the door to them," Turley said.

Once inside, those officers "saw and could smell components that are linked to a meth lab," he said.

Stephens and Jenny Keller, 41, who also was in the room, were charged with manufacturing meth and wanton endangerment. Stephens also was charged with a parole violation.

Karla Ward: (859) 231-3314. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety.

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