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Surveillance of Somerset pharmacies results in meth-related arrests

A ten-hour surveillance operation in Somerset on Tuesday resulted in numerous arrests relating to the manufacture of methamphetamine, authorities said.

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office, the Somerset Police Department, and Operation UNITE conducted surveillance at Somerset area pharmacies to identify people improperly buying pseudoephedrine products, police said. Police couldn't be reached to identify the pharmacies involved.

Seven people were arrested on meth-related charges, according to a news release.

Michael Foster, 28, Jason Combs, 38, Raymond Merrill, 50, and Paul Dabney, 43, all of Somerset, were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.

Daniel Bailey, 27, of Burnside, was charged with the same offense.

William Wilson III, 28, of Somerset, was charged with unlawful possession of meth precursor. Robert Mouser, 39, of Somerset, was charged with unlawful distribution of meth precursor.

During the operation, pseudoephedrine, lithium batteries, and numerous other ingredients used for manufacturing methamphetamine, as well as several firearms, were confiscated, according to a release from Somerset police detective Shannon Smith.

"The methamphetamine problem in our community demands we put as many resources to fight it as we can," Somerset Police Maj. Doug Nelson said in the release. "The arrests made by the combined efforts of the police department and sheriff's department should send a strong message about our commitment to keep our communities safe."

Police also arrested several others on other charges, according to the release.

Barry Logan, 46, of Somerset, was cited for possession of marijuana.

Tony Greshaw, 27, of Somerset, was charged on an outstanding warrant in Pulaski Family Court for failure to appear. Samuel Vaughn, 26, of Nancy, was charged in the Pulaski District Court for the same offense.

Codie Marcum, 19, also of Nancy, was charged on an outstanding warrant in Pulaski

District Court for failure to appear and an indictment for receiving stolen property.

Christopher Jones, 31, of Lexington, was charged on an outstanding warrant in the Laurel County District Court for failure to appear.