Paducah Man Charged With Making Meth Again



August 11th, 2012



On August 10, 2012, detectives with the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department Drug Division received an anonymous tip that James Sears Jr. was attempting to make methamphetamine. Detectives located Sears and began an investigation.

During the course of the investigation, detectives learned that Sears had purchased Sudafed at a local pharmacy. Detectives then observed him drive to a local hardware store where a detective watched him buy Lithium batteries, a component to the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Sears then went to another local store where a detective observed him looking at drain cleaner which is another meth component.

Detectives conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle Sears was driving as he neared his residence on Brown Street in Paducah, KY. A search of the truck was conducted where detectives located the Lithium batteries he had purchased as well as a quantity of Sudafed.

A search was then conducted of Sears’ residence with the assistance of the Paducah Police Department. Inside the residence, detectives discovered more meth manufacturing items, a quantity of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and a small quantity of marijuana.

Sears is currently on Parole for a prior Manufacturing Methamphetamine charge and was charged on Friday with Manufacturing Methamphetamine 2nd Offense. He was lodged in the McCracken County Regional Jail.



James Sears Jr., 32 years old, Paducah, KY



Manufacturing Methamphetamine 2nd Offense ( A Class “A” felony, punishable by 20 years to life in prison), Possession of Methamphetamine (A class “D” felony, punishable by 1 – 5 years), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (A Class “A” misdemeanor, punishable by up to 365 days in jail)


A picture of Sears Jr. can be obtained by calling the McCracken County Regional jail at 270-444-4723 or by visiting


Individuals with information pertaining to illegal drugs can contact the McCracken County Sheriff's Department Drug Division at 270-444-5157.


End of release.






Det. Ryan Norman

McCracken County Sheriff's Department