By Nita Johnson
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
Four arrests and a quantity of drugs, vehicles and money were the recently seized by the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office.
Laurel Sheriff’s Detective Jason Back, Deputy James Sizemore and Detective Brad Mitchell served a warrant around 10:30 Monday morning at a residence on Mt. Zion Road, 12 miles north of London.
William Cornelius, 43, of Mt. Zion Road in East Bernstadt, was charged with possessing methamphetamine as well as hindering in the apprehension of a wanted female. The unnamed woman was wanted on a warrant by the U. S. Marshal Service and the Drug Enforcement Agency. Adam B. McQueen, 45, of Haley Ridge Road, was also charged with hiding the female from authorities.
They will be arraigned in Laurel District Court on Wednesday.
On Sunday, a couple on Old Whitley Road — 44-year-old Clayton Morgan Jr., and 52-year-old Brenda M. Morgan — were arrested after the remains of a one-step meth lab was found in their residence. Also found was components used to make meth, as well as a powdery white substance that tested positive as methamphetamine. Laurel Sheriff’s Detective Jason Back, Deputy Brett Reeves, and Deputy Shawn Boroviak responded to the residence around 12:15 a.m. Deputy James Sizemore, Detective Brad Mitchell, and Detective Billy Madden dismantled the lab and its components.
The Morgans were housed in the Laurel County Detention Center and were arraigned before Laurel District Judge John Chappell on Monday. Both were placed under a $5,000 surety bond. Chappell also ordered that both Morgans have the condition of home incarceration. Both are set for a preliminary hearing on March 19.
Drug investigations are paying off for the sheriff’s office. Sheriff John Root reports last week, Detective Jason Back confiscated 11 grams of heroin and 99 grams of crack cocaine. Two vehicles and approximately $12,000 in cash were also seized.
While methamphetamine has been a major problem for those dealing with illegal drug activities, the frequency of meth labs has drastically reduced in the past two years. Captain Rodney Van Zant said six meth labs have been located thus far this year. However, the appearance of heroin and crack cocaine in the area is the newest concern for law enforcement officials.
Van Zant said the recent seizure of crack cocaine has a street value of approximately $10,000, while heroin sells for $100 per gram. On those figures, the drug seizures last week netted approximately $21,000 in addition to the $12,000 cash and two vehicles.