Search for missing teen leads to meth lab bust

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By Robin Bass

Spencer County Sheriff’s Department discovered an active meth lab in Taylorsville early Wednesday morning while investigating a report of a missing Winchester teen.

The female juvenile, whose name was not released because of her age, was said to have last been seen in a silver, compact car with Troy S. Waldridge, 37, of Taylorsville. Spencer County Deputy Gordon Miles said that he went to Waldridge’s Railroad Street home to locate the girl and was granted access to search the premises.

“There were extension cords, and tracks in the snow leading to the out building,” said Miles. “I went to look and see if the girl was hiding.”

What he found in the small 10 ft. by 10 ft. building besides a heater and a couple of chairs was more than 600 grams of methamphetamine and all the products used to manufacture the illegal drug.

Waldridge allegedly admitted to making the meth and was cited with five drug-related charges, including trafficking. He is currently housed in Shelby County Detention Center on a $25,000 bond.

Miles said the teen was later found in Winchester.

“Meth is becoming a huge problem in Spencer County,” said Miles. He estimated that local police have discovered more than a dozen active labs either in homes or on the roadsides.

Taylorsville Police Chief Toby Lewis said that Officer Todd Walls provided backup protection during the investigation.