Meth on the rise in Letcher County

By: Morgan Lentes Email
By: Morgan Lentes Email

JEREMIAH, Ky (WYMT) - Law enforcement tell WYMT there is a growing problem in Letcher County.

Early Monday, Letcher County Sheriff's deputies arrested four people they said were making meth. Sheriff Danny Webb said this latest crime could be just the beginning.

Police cruisers lined the way leading to a trailer on Burton Hill Road on Monday. That is where investigators spent the afternoon cleaning up materials they believe were used to make meth.

"They could smell the strong odor of meth and that is how the arrest came about," said Webb.

In total, four people were arrested. That includes Daniel Bentley, Sonya Freeman, John McCool and Jason Gibbs. They were taken to ARH in Whitesburg for decontamination.

"If you take them into a close quarters like at the Letcher County Jail, you have got the fumes and stuff on their clothes and it could cause a problem," said Webb.

Sheriff's Deputy Eugene Slone said this is not the first complaint about meth the department has gotten. However, officials tell WYMT what used to be a rare occurrence is not anymore.

"I had never dealt with that before and I have worked here 16 years. Today, we are getting meth complaints on probably a daily basis," said Slone.

Sheriff Webb added there might be a reason for that.

"Cocaine and heroin, stuff like that, that is a little bit harder for them to get. So meth, if they learn to make it and everything, eventually it will get into your community and that is what we are dealing with right now," said Webb.

Webb said the four suspects will face several meth related charges. Several homes surround the trailer where the meth lab was suspected.
The sheriff says a Neighborhood Watch program nearby alerted those who live close to steer clear of the area.

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