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June 15, 2010

Garbage driver finds meth generator

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — A Laurel man has been arrested for manufacturing methamphetamine after a garbage collector found an HCl generator on D. Anders Road for the second time within the past three weeks.

Laurel County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Alex S. Warber, 29, charging him with one count of manufacturing meth.

A Poff Carting Services driver found the generator Thursday while collecting trash on the western Laurel County road.

 “He threw it on the ground by the garbage can and refused to take it — like he should have,” Laurel County Sheriff’s Detective Brad Mitchell said.

Officers found several other items used to manufacture meth in Warber’s singlewide trailer, but no signs of an active lab. The inside and outside of the home was in bad shape — it had a foul odor and holes in the floor, Mitchell said.

Because there were children living in the home, a child welfare official was called to step in. The children were placed with relatives, Mitchell said. He said the living conditions in the trailer were so poor that even if meth components hadn’t been found, social services would have been notified.

Assisting Mitchell at the scene were Deputies Jason Back and Tim Smallwood, and Laurel County Division of Public Safety official Albert Hale, who disposed of the meth lab components.

Warber was taken to  the Laurel County Detention Center after his arrest.

Staff intern Magen McCrarey can be reached by e-mail at

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