Teen arrested for meth lab under city water tower

By: Cheryl Glassford Email
By: Cheryl Glassford Email

It was an unexpected scene underneath the city water tower..

"There were a bunch of Corbin Police," said a woman who lives next to the water tower, but wanted to remain anonymous, "they pulled out like a kit and were testing stuff over there."

"Found out it was a 17 year old who had a meth lab in a back pack," she said.

Police say the Corbin teen was arrested Sunday night after they received a tip about a meth lab under the tower. When authorities arrived they say the teen was carrying a generator out to the lab.

"The meth is really bad down here," the neighbor said, "It's alarming that kids that young are doing it."

Authorities say if the meth lab had caused an explosion it probably wouldn't have been bad enough to put the water tower at risk - but certainly the person making the meth.

"Anhyrdrous is one step," said Captain Rob Jones with the Corbin Police Department, "if that blows up on him, anhyrdrous eats all through your skin, to the bone - so it's pretty bad."

It's a problem that Captain Rob Jones says had become more and more common.

"It's everywhere in the tri-county area," Captain Jones said, "You go to the school, you talk to them, you go to community groups, you know, you do raids - you try everything.. but you know kids are gonne do what they're gonna do."

The teen is being held at the Breathitt County Juvenile Detention Center.

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