On Thursday, June 13, 2013, at around 10 a.m. the Columbia Police Department received information during a narcotic investigation of a possible methamphetamine lab in a vehicle on Campbellsville Road.
Vehicle was located in the parking lot of Adair Pawn on Campbellsville Road. Arrested at the scene was Brandon K. Ballard, 32, of Lebanon, on charges of drug paraphernalia, buy/possession, 1st offense; possession controlled substance, 3rd degree, 1st offense; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; manufacturing meth, 1st offense; unlawful possession of a meth precursor 1st offense; trafficking in a controlled substance, 3rd degree 1st offense; possession of controlled substance meth, 1st offense.
Also arrested was Jason D. Stayton, 29, of Knifley, on charges of manufacturing meth, 1st offense; unlawful possession of meth precursor 1st offense; trafficking in controlled substance, 3rd degree, 1st offense; possession of controlled substance meth, 1st offense; drug paraphernalia buy/possession; possession controlled substance, 3rd degree, 1st offense.
More charges are pending.
The investigation is being continued by Columbia Police Department officers Brad Scholl and John Dial. Assisting at the scene was CPD officer Jordan Dean and Sgt. JR Murphy along with the KSP hazmat team.
Adair Pawn was not associated with this incident.
The CPD wishes to convey to the public our strong commitment to combat illegal drug activities in our community. We ask for the public’s assistance with any information involving illegal drugs.
If you have information we ask that you contact the Columbia Police Department or any law enforcement agency.