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Following an early-morning roundup of 26 suspected drug dealers Wednesday, Laurel County Sheriff’s Deputies and UNITE sofficers arrested Roger Dale Hinkle, 46, after discovering two working meth labs at his residence on KY 472 Wednesday afternoon.

Laurel County Chief Deputy Junior McKnight said deputies had been watching the residence for some time because of complaints from neighbors and because people known to be involved in drugs in Laurel County had been seen at the residence on a regular basis.

Deputies and Unite officers went to the residence about 5 p.m. to serve a search warrant. The two labs were found in an outbuilding on the property, McKnight said. UNITE officers disassembled and disposed of the labs

Also found at the residence were elements that Joel Cunigan, manager of UNITE’s Cumberland Drug Task Force, said are required to produce anhydrous ammonia gas, along with pseudyophedrine.

“There was also a trace amount of finished meth found,” McKnight said.

Cunigan said when Hinkle was searched, officers found a container with pills officers believe to be Xanax and Clonzaepam.

Sheriff Fred Yaden, McKnight, and deputies Brad Mitchell, Charlie Looms and Glenn Reed from the sheriff’s department were involved in the operation.

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