By Nita Johnson
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
The diligent efforts of law enforcement agencies to alleviate the drug problem within the county continues, with 15 people indicted on various drug charges this month.
In one indictment, four persons were charged with engaging in organized crime for possessing chemicals and equipment used in the process of making methamphetamine earlier this year.
Lisa Smallwood, also known as Lisa Woods, 49, and 40-year-old Thomas Lawson, both of 673 South Ky. 1223 in London; 37-year-old Jessika Smith, also known as Jessika Adams, of 402 Beatty Ave. in London; and 39-year-old David Moore of 3515 Level Green Road in London, were named in a seven-count indictment that included Smallwood and Smith being charged with second-degree hindering apprehension by failing to disclose the location where Lawson and Moore were hiding on March 25. Lawson and Moore are charged with first-degree fleeing or evading police by failing to surrender to law enforcement officials and resisting arrest.
Moore is also charged with being a second-degree persistent felony offender for a 2010 conviction of unlawful possession of a meth precursor.
A complaint of a possible meth lab approximately 10 miles south of London sent Laurel Sheriff’s officials to a mobile home on May 25.
A search of the premises revealed two females, as well as a trap door in the mobile home that led to the ground. Deputies located two male subjects hiding under the trailer.
An active one-step meth lab was also located inside the residence.
Other persons indicted were:
• David Byrd, 28, and Betty Byrd, 22, both of 15 Betty Lane in London, were charged with cultivating marijuana of more than five plants on April 19
• Edwin Willis, 39, of 67 Robert E. Cox Road in London, 34-year-old Michael Mierwinski of 1756 Fariston Road in London, and 27-year-old Natasha J. Boone of 1972 Ky. 1923 in Lily, were all charged with two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance with selling 2 or more grams of methamphetamine on April 11 and April 16, respectively.
Willis is also charged with second-degree persistent felony offender, in which he received a 10-year prison sentence in 2008 for manufacturing methamphetamine. Boone is also charged with second-degree persistent felony offender for a 2007 conviction for unlawful possession of a meth precursor, for which she received a 3-year prison sentence that was probated for 3 years.
• Rickie Eubanks, age 35, no address listed, and 20-year-old Marissa McConnell of 791 Campbell Road in London, are charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia on May 1. Eubanks is charged with first-degree persistent felony offender for a prior Whitley County conviction of flagrant non-support in 2010 and a Laurel County conviction of second-degree trafficking a controlled substance, first offense, in 2005.
• Brenda Morgan, 54, and 44-year-old Clayton Morgan, 44, both of 2226 Old Whitley Road in London, are charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and first-degree possession of a controlled substance or having chemicals and equipment used to make methamphetamine on March 10.
• Keith Lay, 35, and 36-year-old Tina Asher, both of Stamper Lane in London, are charged with manufacturing methamphetamine on May 2. Lay is charged with second-degree persistent felony offender and has a prior conviction of unlawful possession of a meth precursor in Laurel County in 2012, for which he received a five-year prison sentence that was probated for three years. Asher also has a prior felony conviction in Laurel County from 2007, for which she was charged with first-degree promoting contraband. She received a five year sentence that was probated for five years.
An indictment is an accusation only and does not imply guilt or innocence.