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A western Kentucky police chief who had been credited by his mayor with helping combat methamphetamine in their small town has been indicted on two methamphetamine-related charges.

If convicted on both counts, Bobby Sauls, police chief of Sebree, a town of 1,700 about 100 miles southwest of Louisville, faces five to 10 years in prison.

Sauls, 65, was not arrested but was served Friday with a criminal summons to appear in court May 6. The charges are criminal conspiracy to tamper with anhydrous ammonia equipment with intent to manufacture methamphetamine and criminal conspiracy to possess anhydrous ammonia with intent to manufacture methamphetamine.

Anhydrous ammonia, a common fertilizer, is a key ingredient in making the drug.

Sauls has been police chief for at least eight years and has effectively combated methamphetamine in the area, Mayor Jerry Hobgood said, adding that he remains on the payroll.

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