Meth trafficker arrested in Leitchfield

By Brittany Wise bwise@civitasmedia.com

April 18, 2014

A Leitchfield man was arrested Tuesday evening for trafficking in methamphetamine and other charges.

The arrest came as the result of a multi-agency effort between the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, Leitchfield Police Department, and the Greater Hardin County Drug Task Force, according to Deputy Buck Meredith, who served as the lead officer.

Meredith said that Steven Eugene Bertram, age 49, was arrested at a residence on Shull White Road where he was residing with a relative.

Officers served a search warrant and found “a large quantity of meth on Bertram’s person” in addition to a large sum of cash.

When officers searched the bedroom of the residence which Bertram had been using, they found several items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, and another large quantity of the finished product.

A Rossi long-gun was also found in the bedroom, which led to the enhancement of Bertram’s charges by possession of a firearm, Meredith said.

“I have never before seen the amount of pseudoephedrine he had in his possession,” Meredith said, explaining that pseudoephedrine is an over-the-counter medication which is also used to manufacture meth.

Strict laws are in place which restrict the amount of the medication a person is allowed to purchase, according to GCSO Detective Jeff Kelsey.

Bertram had significantly more of the substance in his possession than he could have purchased on his own without a prescription, leading officers to believe he had other individuals supplying him with the methemphetamine precursor.

Bertram’s charges included possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine), and possession of drug paraphernalia. All were enhanced by the possession of a firearm.

Bertram was arrested and taken to the Grayson County Detention Center where he was still being lodged as of press time.