By Nita Johnson
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — An active meth lab found in a residence on East Pittsburg Church Road on Thursday morning was just the icing on the cake when Laurel County Sheriff’s officials searched the premises.
When all was said and done, five people were arrested for engaging in organized crime and a quantity of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia was seized.
Lowell D. Scott, 40, and 39-year-old Shannon Scott, both of East Pittsburg Church Road; 28-year-old Jennifer Wallace of Keavy Road, 40-year-old Jeffrey Campbell of Maple Grove School Road, and 22-year-old Timothy J. Roberts of Keavy Road, all of London, were all arrested on drug-related charges by Deputy Jason Back, Deputy James Sizemore and Lt. Chuck Johnson around 10:30 a.m. after an investigation of individuals manufacturing meth.
All five persons were inside the residence, located two miles north of London. Lowell Scott was charged with engaging in organized crime, manufacturing methamphetamine — his second offense; first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense. Scott reportedly had a needle and a small bag of white powder substance in his possession.
Shannon Scott is charged with engaging in organized crime, and was also served with two outstanding warrants — one from Rockcastle County for failure to appear in court on theft charges, the other a Rockcastle County warrant for probation violation. She is held on a $2,500 cash bond on the organized crime charge.
Wallace was charged with engaging in organized crime, manufacturing methamphetamine, first offense; possession of drug paraphernalia; and first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), first offense. She possessed a substance that tested positive for amphetamine as well as several needles. She is held under a $5,000 cash bond.
Campbell was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, first offense; possession of drug paraphernalia, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, (methamphetamine), second offense; unlawful distribution of a meth precursor, first offense; and engaging in organized crime. Campbell reportedly had one gram of a substance that tested positive for the presence of amphetamines and numerous used needles. Campbell had also purchased cold tablets in the days prior to the arrest, but could not account for the pills. Jail records indicated Campbell was also charged with flagrant non-support. He is held under a $10,000 cash bond for the drug-related charge and $10,000 fully secured (or $20,000 in property) on the non-support charge.
Roberts is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, first offense; possession of drug paraphernalia; unlawful distribution of a meth precursor, first offense; and engaging in organized crime. He had needles in his possession and he too had purchased cold tablets on January 15 — the day before the arrest. His bond is set at a $10,000 cash.
All five are scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Laurel District Court on Tuesday, Jan. 21. All five remained incarcerated in the Laurel County Detention Center as of late Friday afternoon.