February 11, 2014

Meth makers wanted by deputies

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — The discovery of three one-step meth labs — including an HCL generator — has instigated an investigation for the owners.

The Laurel County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on the person or persons who threw the remains of the three labs in a ditch on East Pittsburg Church Road on Thursday afternoon.

Senior Sgt. Greg Poynter, Deputy Robbie Grimes, Deputy Larry Parrott and Deputy James Sizemore went to the scene after a complaint of a meth lab in the vicinity, one mile east of London and near the junction of Ky. 30 and East Pittsburg Church Road. Once at the scene, the deputies found the three meth labs.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Laurel Sheriff’s Office at (606) 864-6600 or Laurel Dispatch at (606) 878-7000.

Thursday’s find was the fifth meth lab located in 2014.

The number of meth labs have declined drastically over the past several years. In 2011, Laurel County ranked second in the state for the number of reported meth labs, falling under Jefferson County, which is the most heavily populated county in the Commonwealth. In 2012, the numbers of meth labs found in the county took a sharp decline from 448 in 2011 to 49 in 2012. According to officials in the Sheriff’s Office, less than 25 meth labs were found last year.

The number of possession and trafficking methamphetamine cases have continued to dominate the arrests and legal charges in Laurel County, however.

“We’ve had numerous cases of trafficking meth,” said Deputy Gilbert Acciardo, public affairs officer for the Sheriff’s Office. “We’re not seeing the high number of manufacturing cases as we once did, but we are still seeing meth and crystal meth around.”

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