Brother of Owen Co. deputy arrested for meth

Paper trail started with Franklin Co. pharmacists

By Keren Henderson Published:

The brother of Owen County Sheriff’s Deputy Marvin Goodrich has been arrested for buying the ingredients for methamphetamine and delivering them to meth producers.

Gary L. Goodrich II, 37, of 611 Taylor Ave., was arrested Monday after Matt Brown, narcotics detective with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, followed a paper trail from December to March that he said showed Goodrich was buying mass amounts of pseudoephedrine from Franklin County pharmacists.

Goodrich has been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a meth precursor. The warrant for his arrest says Goodrich “assisted in manufacturing meth by supplying chemical ingredients.”

Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton says the paper trail is clear. Melton declined to comment on who was receiving the ingredients because of the ongoing investigation.

Goodrich has since been released from the Franklin County Regional Jail.

Deputy Marvin Goodrich, who says he does not socialize with his brother and only sees him at family functions, declined to comment on specifics of the case, but said, “If he’s done wrong, he needs to be punished just like everyone else.”

This is the second time this year that the Owen County Sheriff’s Department has been linked to alleged drug crimes by family relationship. The son of the sheriff and the son of a former Owen County jailer were charged with a murder in May that involved drugs.

Joshua Hammond – one of three men accused of murdering Charles Monroe over a drug deal and dumping his body off Interstate 64 in May – is the son of Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond. David Bruce II, who is facing the same charges, is the son of former Owen County jailer David Bruce and the brother of current jailer Cindy Bruce Walker.

James Simons of Grant County is the third man accused in the murder. All three have pleaded not guilty and await trial.

Monroe, 30, was beaten and strangled to death, Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Cleveland said. The three men planned to rob Monroe after buying prescription drugs from him in the Walmart parking lot on Leonardwood Drive, he said.

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  • I disagree, #1713. If someone is doing something illegal, arrest them.

  • Anybody with a computer and a credit card can buy all of the pseudoephedrine (or any other prescription drugs) that they want from India at bargain basement prices. Don't take my word for it...Google it and see. This is must another sterling example of the Sheriff's Dept. picking low hanging fruit. Nothing to see here folks.

  • 1713...I knew it was you!

  • Does the State Journal have nothing else to write about? I happen to know Marvin Goodrich and he is a top notch young man that overcame many obstacles in life to get where he is now. He was a friend of my son's and he was a gentleman in our home as well as a very hard worker. He went to high school, worked a side job at all times, did his homework and played high school basketball. He also went to college when many thought that it was impossible for him to achieve. Only by hard work and determination he is now Deputy Sheriff in Owen County. Kudos to Marvin! We all know that we have no control over bad choices that our parents, siblings, and children make.

  • sounds like to me the little sleepy one horse town owenton has abad drug problem like the bigger cities. frankfort, lexington, louisville. but it all has a link to the sherriff's dept. all i can see is these guys got it in their head that they can kill people,sell and manufacture drugs and simply get out of it, sounds like mr melton in frankfort is not haveing it.iwas born and raised in franklin county its about time we got a sheriff with some balls.im no angel not claiming to be. but hats of to pat if your gonna besomething or someone be real.....

  • 1920: There is a lot of that going on in the media, especially when one of the demonized drugs is involved. Punish the whole dang family seems to be the order of the day. What would the story have been if this dude was caught selling liquor in "dry" Owen Co. Nothing. Why?............................................................................................................................................ Let's get things in proper perspective here. Fact #1: The vast majority of "meth labs" are extremely small time with vagrants or psychotics trying to whip up some for their personal use or their close acquaintances. Most of these police actions are to protect these dregs from themselves...an exceedingly difficult and expensive thing to do as most a mental cases to start out with. Fact #2: What factors determine whether a drug is demonized? Methamphetamine is a drug. Nicotine is a drug. They are in the same drug family, and in fact, are fraternal twins, chemically speaking. Look it up. One is very difficult to buy on the black market, so they have to make it themselves from cold tablets. The other is much more readily available and in fact, it is routinely marketed to our children. One kills 440,000 American people who use it exactly as it is intended. One kills less than 500 people a year in the US...almost no one. Which one is illegal? Why? The chemical formula for Nicotine is: C10 H14 N2. The chemical formula for Methamphetamine is: C10 H15 N. The chemical formula for pseudoephedrine is: C10 H15 NO You don't have to be a chemist to see the chemical similarities.................................................................................................................................... Fact #3: Some drugs are legal, some are demonized, but what really is the difference when you remove the political hype? Not much. I had a MENSA master chemist tell me that he could make meth out of nicotine extracted from two cigars easier than with pseudoephedrine, but he added, "...why do it when just smoking cigarettes delivers the nicotine into the blood in 15 seconds?"....................................................................................................................................... Fact #3: The conventional wisdom is that these demonized illegal drugs are "bad" and "highly addictive". They are considered so much so, that if a normal, happy, well-adjusted person were to use one or the other (or both) just once, that they would be hopelessly addicted in short order. That is the stuff of myths. Americans are "speed" freaks by nature, as most of us start out our day "tweeking" by consuming stimulants (caffeine, nicotine) as soon as we awaken, and we don't stop there with all of the energy drinks we consume......................................................................................................................................... In addition, according to the CDC, there are approximately 79,000 deaths attributable to excessive alcohol use each year in the United States. This makes excessive alcohol use the 3rd leading lifestyle-related cause of death for the nation. In the single year 2005, there were more than 1.6 million hospitalizations and more than 4 million emergency room visits for alcohol-related conditions....................................................................................................................................... Then we throw in the average American consumption of 22.2 tsp. of sugar daily, or about 355 calories, according to Rachel K. Johnson, Ph.D., R.D., lead researcher in a study published in the August 2009 issue of "Circulation." Boys ages 14 to 18 years old consumed 34.4 tsp. a day, or 549 calories, the most of any other group. Yeah, Americans are tweekers, alright.

  • I read the headline to this story and am lead to believe there is some kind of facilitation going on here. When in fact, after reading the story, there is none. So because this deputy's brother is arrested, the State Journal deems it necessary to drag him into it just because it's his brother? And they think it's so newsworthy that it should be the headline on Sundays paper? I must be missing something here as it says they are not close and they don't socialize. Maybe nothing happened Saturday and this is the best they could come up with.