Pubdate: Sat, 09 Apr 2005
Source: Kansas City Star (MO)
Copyright: 2005 The Kansas City Star
Author: Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press
Bookmark: (Methamphetamine)


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A western Kentucky police chief who had been
credited by his mayor with helping combat the scourge of
methamphetamine in their small town has been indicted on two
meth-related charges.

Bobby Sauls, police chief of Sebree, a town of 1,700 about 100 miles
southwest of Louisville, was indicted Wednesday and faces five to 10
years in prison if convicted on each count. A hearing is set for May

The charges stem from an investigation by a Kentucky State Police
special drug enforcement unit.

"It underscores the seriousness of the meth problem that's spreading
throughout Kentucky," state police Capt. Lisa Rudzinski said Friday.
She said Sauls was not suspected of making meth.

Sauls, 65, was not arrested but was served Friday with a criminal
summons to appear in court, she said. The charges are criminal
conspiracy to tamper with anhydrous ammonia equipment with intent to
manufacture meth and criminal conspiracy to possess anhydrous ammonia
with intent to manufacture meth.

Anhydrous ammonia, a common fertilizer, is a key ingredient in making
the drug, which comes as a powder or a pill and can be smoked,
inhaled, swallowed or injected.

"Everybody's innocent until they're proven guilty," Sauls said Friday.
"One of these days everybody will know the real truth."

In Sebree, where Sauls is one of just two police officers, the
response was disbelief.

"I don't believe any of it's true," Mayor Jerry Hobgood said.

Sauls had been police chief for at least eight years and has
effectively combatted meth in the area, Hobgood said. He said Saul
remains on the city payroll.
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