Crime

Laurel man accused of hiding meth, other drugs under baby bed

A Laurel County man was charged with wanton endangerment and other offenses Sunday after sheriff's deputies found drugs in a black cooler beneath a baby bed, according to a news release.

Richard Ehlers, 39, of East Bernstadt told deputies he hid the cooler containing narcotics and drug paraphernalia under the baby bed in a back bedroom after seeing Laurel County deputies pull into his driveway on Hensley Road, the release from Sheriff John Root's office said.

Deputies went to Ehlers' home in response to a complaint about a possible active meth lab, the release said.

The cooler contained several baggies of suspected methamphetamine, three glass pipes containing suspected methamphetamine residue, two baggies of marijuana and seven packs of suboxone strips, the release said.

Two children were in the house at the time of the search, a 15-month-old and a 9-year-old.

In addition to second-degree wanton endangerment, Ehlers was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, theft by unlawful taking under $500, and possession of marijuana. He was being held in the Laurel County Detention facility.

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