By Nita Johnson
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
Wednesday morning dawned with a major bust of methamphetamine dealers in the county.
All told, five persons were arrested on charges of trafficking a controlled substance and a large quantity of methamphetamine and crystal meth were seized in the process.
According to a press release from the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office, the roundup began with the arrest of 24-year-old Phillip C. Conley of Southwind Street in London. Deputies discovered 13 small bags of suspected methamphetamine, digital scales, pipes and empty small bags. Charles D. Morgan, 43, also of Southwind Street, was also arrested at the same location and reportedly had 11 small bags of methamphetamine in his possession. Both men were charged with trafficking in a controlled substance.
However, Morgan faced an additional charge while he was being booked into the jail when an additional baggie containing methamphetamine was found in his shoe. He was charged with promoting contraband. He told deputies he could not keep up with all the baggies he had made up in a day.
Another location on Old Whitley Road netted the arrests of two other persons, all of whom were also involved in the distribution of methamphetamine. Andrew J. Floyd, 27, of London, was charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, resisting arrest, and trafficking a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school. Floyd was seen leaving a known drug dealer’s residence and had four small baggies of suspected methamphetamine on his person. The residence where the drug dealing was occurring is within 1,000 feet of an elementary school.
The second person involved in that arrest was 54-year-old Gary Evans of Old Whitley Road. Evans was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and resisting arrest. Evans reportedly bought $10 of crystal meth from a third party with the intent to smoke it.
On Village Street in London, 21-year-old Keith A. Lloyd was arrested and charged with a bench warrant for failure to appear in Laurel District Court on a traffic charge. A female juvenile was discovered at Lloyd’s residence and she was released to her parents.
All persons arrested were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.
Sheriff’s Office personnel assisting in the investigations and arrests included Lt. Rodney Van Zant, Sgt. Josh Gaylor, Detective Jason Back, Detective Brad Mitchell, Detective Daryl Zanet, Detective Charlie Loomis, Detective Tommy Johnston, Deputy William Bo Harris, Bailiff Shane Rice, Bailiff Brandon Broughton. London Police Department personnel involved in the roundup were Sgt. Doug Thomas and Officer Bryon Lawson.