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Russell County Man Arrested on Felony and Drug Charges

Date of News Release: 01/05/2013

(Columbia, KY) -- On Friday, January 4, 2013, Kentucky State Police Post 15 Columbia received a complaint of a burglary. KSP 15 Troopers and Detectives arrived at 144 Lakeway Drive, Russell Springs, KY, and spoke with the complainant. After examining the scene, it was discovered that a burglary had occurred and Detective Ricky Brooks also discovered what appeared to be a hazardous waste overpack that was suspected to be evidence in regards to a Russell County Sheriff's Department investigation.

Meth Lab cleanup units responded to the scene and discovered a one step meth lab in the overpack that had been neutralized. Through the course of the investigation, a search warrant was obtained for Nick Bertram's residence.

The search warrant yielded items related to the burglary, as well as multiple meth lab overpacks, which were also suspected to be Russell County Sheriff's Department evidence. Also located were a one step meth lab and a large amount of drug paraphernalia.

Detective Brooks subsequently charged Nick Bertram (26) of Jamestown, KY, with Burglary 3rd Degree, Official Misconduct, and Tampering with Physical Evidence, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Bertram was lodged in the Russell County Jail.

The investigation is still ongoing and is being led by Detective Ricky Brooks.

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