By Nita Johnson
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
The scourge of methamphetamine that has challenged law enforcement agencies over the past several years took a step forward last week.
On Wednesday, a jury recommended a Laurel man serve a 20-year sentence for making methamphetamine in August last year.
Phillip Karr, 34, of Richland Drive in London, was found guilty of first offense manufacturing methamphetamine at a Fariston residence on August 31, 2012. Karr was arrested following a complaint of an argument and fight between some individuals. When Laurel County Sheriff’s officials arrived at the scene, they found a one-step meth lab that was stashed in a vehicle had been removed and hidden prior to their arrival. The deputies also found other components used in the chemical process.
Senior Sgt. Greg Poynter, Deputy Robbie Grimes and Deputy Josh Scott responded to the scene. The presentation of the case to the grand jury and to Laurel Circuit Court was conducted by Detective Jason Back. Deputy James Sizemore assisted on the case as well as with the decontamination of the meth lab.
Just one day after Karr’s conviction, Back and Sizemore conducted another investigation into meth trafficking, resulting in an arrest on Slate Lick Church Road.
Now 35-year-old Larry Helton of Ward Cemetery Road in London, faces charges of trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense.
That investigation came after the sheriff’s office received numerous complaints about Helton selling methamphetamine. When Back and Sizemore confronted Helton around 1 p.m. on Thursday, they found him in possession of a plastic bottle that contained a quantity of methamphetamine.
Assisting with the arrest was London Police Officers Bryon Lawson and Shannon Morgan.