Cookin’ Up Some Meth
Walmart in Nicholasville was closed for more than an hour Wednesday morning as officials investigated a man found with materials to make meth in his backpack.
Nicholasville police arrested 36-year-old James Prater of 76 B Old Tanker Road in Lancaster and charged him with manufacturing meth, possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was transported to the Jessamine County Detention Center.
Police were alerted to a man passed out in the store’s bathroom a little before 9 a.m., when Prater was found by Walmart employees.
Prater had apparently been lying there for several hours, Nicholasville police officer Kevin Grimes said.
The officers who responded to the scene were unsuccessful when they tried to wake the man up.
They subsequently began to check his belongings. What appeared to be inside were materials to manufacture meth, Grimes said.
Grimes said he did not see whether the man was stealing or using material from the Walmart store.
Walmart associates have returned to work.