Three Scottsville, Kentucky, men were arrested and charged with promotion of methamphetamine manufacture on Monday, May 9th, following a chance encounter that put authorities in the right place, at exactly the right time. According to Macon County Detective Bill Cothron, he and Chief Deputy Stacy Gann entered the Lafayette Wal-Mart that afternoon to purchase lunch items from the deli, when they noticed three men walking into the store together.

As the officers stood in the checkout line, they witnessed one of the men purchasing drain opener, a product known as a precursor in the manufacture of methamphetamine. A short time later, a second gentleman from the group purchased Coleman Fuel, another precursor to meth manufacture.

Officers Cothron and Gann approached the men in the parking lot outside, where they discovered that the third man had purchased Sudafed, yet another known precursor, and had put it in his back pocket.

Officers pulled records from the store and discovered that this was not the first time all three men had purchased precursors at the Lafayette Wal-Mart.

Jessie Dewayne Frost, age 32, Jeremiah Payne, age 27, and David Lee Herrington, Jr., 26, all of Scottsville, KY, were each arrested on charges of Promotion of Methamphetamine Manufacture and booked into the Macon County Jail on $50,000 bond. They are scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on May 25th.

According to Detective Cothron, Kentucky authorities were notified about the men’s purchases in Macon County.