By Nita Johnson
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
An intended arrest for a probation violation turned into an arrest for methamphetamine manufacturing late Thursday afternoon.
Probation and Parole officers Anthony Kimbell and Matthew Armstrong went to a residence on Stamper Lane, nine miles east of London, around 5 p.m. to arrest an individual for a probation violation.
What they discovered was more than they bargained for.
Just as the officers placed 35-year-old Keith Lay under arrest, they heard glass breaking in the rear of the home. Investigating the noise, the two probation officers found 36-year-old Tina Asher of Rough Creek Road in London, trying to escape the residence. Asher allegedly had meth lab components in her possession and was attempting to escape with the evidence.
Laurel County Sheriff’s Deputy Robbie Grimes, Detective Jason Back and Deputy James Sizemore arrived at the scene, where they found and seized three HCL generators and even more meth-making components.
Lay is now held on charges of manufacturing meth, first offense, and being a first-degree persistent felony offender, due to having prior felony convictions.
Asher was also arrested, charged with manufacturing meth, first offense, and being a first-degree persistent felony offender. Asher also has prior felony convictions.
Both are held in the Laurel County Detention Center.