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January 14, 2014

Trespassing results in drug arrests

By Nita Johnson
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — A variety of illegal drugs were seized from three individuals who were first investigated for a trespassing complaint.

The incident and arrests occurred on Morentown Road, three miles north of London, on Tuesday around 9:21 p.m.

Laurel County Sheriff’s Deputy Larry Parrott, Senior Sgt. Greg Poynter, and Deputy Robbie Grimes went to the scene where a blue Chevrolet Silverado was parked on a property that belonged to someone else, and where they had been asked not to be.

Sheriff’s officials determined the driver, 29-year-old Matthew Lawson of Kentucky Hollow Road in London, was under the influence of suspected marijuana and Hydrocodone. Lawson had rolling papers, three sets of scales, a quantity of suspected methamphetamine, a glass pipe and a straw, both of which had white powder residue on them, as well as 29 Xanax. Detective Jason Back charged Lawson with operating a motor vehicle under the influence, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, first offense; third-degree possession of a controlled substance; and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A passenger in the truck, 59-year-old Clarence Lawson of Slate Lick road in London, was charged with public intoxication of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal trespassing. He was determined to be under the influence of Hydrocodone and possessed three sets of scales, a quantity of suspected methamphetamine, a glass pipe and a straw — both of which had white powder residue on them. He also had a large amount of cash, two pill bottles, allegedly belonging to his girlfriend, which were filled the day prior but were 47 pills short of the prescription amount for Hydrocodone. The other which was filled the day before and was 81 pills short of the amount listed for the Tramadol prescription. One of the bottles had 29 Xanax in it, which was not the drug named on either pill bottle. Clarence Lawson was charged by Detective Back for first-degree possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, first offense; third-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense; second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense.

Detective Back also charged a third person during the investigation. Becky Henson, 48, was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, third-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense; possession of drug paraphernalia, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense; and second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense.

All three individuals were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center following their arrests.