Couple face meth, child endangerment charges

By Joe P. Asher jasher@civitasmedia.com

January 23, 2014

An Evarts man and woman are facing drug charges following the execution of a warrant at their home by the Harlan County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday.

Tim Huff and Mary Beth Thacker Huff, both of Evarts, were arrested by Deputy Mitch Alford.

Harlan County Sheriff Marvin Lipfird said several people were found in the residence.

“Upon execution of the search warrant, we found several adults and three children in the house,” said Lipfird. “After a search of the residence and speaking with them they admitted that they had been making methamphetamine in the house with another individual.”

Lipfird said the Harlan County HAZ-MAT Team was called to the scene per protocol to do a decontamination on the occupants of the residence.

“Per sheriff’s office protocol, we took the children to the hospital to have them medically checked because in a meth lab situation there’s a potential for kids to become contaminated,” said Lipfird.

Lipfird said the children were ages 7 and under.

“There were three (children) at the residence, four in total,” said Lipfird.

Both Tim Huff and Mary Beth Huff were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and three counts of fourth-degree controlled substance endangerment to a child.

Mary Beth Huff was additionally charged with resisting arrest for allegedly pulling a knife on Deputy Hunter Lutrell, according to Lipfird.

Lipfird said the residence will be quarantined until it is cleaned up by a certified agency.

The case is under investigation by Lipfird.

The Evarts Police Department, Harlan County Sheriff’s Office Chaplain Corps, Harlan County HAZ-MAT Unit and Harlan EMS assisted at the scene.

Joe P. Asher may be reached at 606-573-4510, ext. 113 or on Twitter @joe_hde