Fourteen Arrested On Meth Related Charges

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

Using kids to gather ingredients for meth it may sound awful, but that's exactly what police say drug dealers are doing in at least one part of eastern Kentucky.

Early Monday in Knox County police say they were able to knock out about eighty percent of the meth problem with just a few arrests.

Months of investigation lead to a rude awakening for several suspected drug dealers.

Barbourville police arrested several people they say were selling pills, pot,. and meth.

Police say they found tools & ingredients needed to make meth.

“Fuel canisters and other meth ingredients all throughout the area,” Bill Swafford said.

Even with several officers on scene a man decided to drop in anyway and police suspect he was there to buy meth.

“Just shows you how bad the problem is! That person probably on some type of meth,” Officer Swafford said.

The meth problem's become so bad police say those making it are recruiting kids to go out and buy the separate ingredients, in exchange for a quick hit of the drug.

Police say they were able to arrest those responsible for the majority of Knox County's meth problem thanks to tips from the public.

Officers say they need more tips to continue making progress.

01. Jamie Mays-Female-age 25--Criminal facilation

02. Sean Messer-male-age 30- (1) trafficking within 1000 yds of a school (2) trafficking in a controlled substance 2nd (3) trafficking in a controlled substance 3rd.

03. Stephen Bridges-male-age 26- (1) trafficking within 1000 yds of a school (2) possession of marijuana.

04. Derrick Smith-male-age 19- (1) trafficking in a controlled substance within 1000 yds of a school (2) trafficking in a controlled substance 2nd.

05. Shannon Morgan-male-age 28- (1) trafficking in a controlled substance 2nd. (2) trafficking in a controlled substance within 1000 of a school.

06. Timothy Jones-male-age 29- (1) possession of marijuana (2) possession of drug paraphenalia (3) unlawful transaction with a minor 2nd

07. Randall Perkins-male-age 46- (1) trafficking in a controlled substance within 1000yds of a school (2) trafficking in a controlled substance 1st.

08. Leonard Collins-male- (1) possession of methamphedamine with other charges pending.

09. Estil Roark-male- (1) possession of methamphedamine with other charges pending.

10. Russell Collins-male-age 42- (1) possession of anhydrous ammonia (2) possession of anhydrous in unapproved container with other charges pending.

11. Russell Rogers-male- age 23- (1) possession of anhydrous ammonia (2) possession of anhydrous ammonia in unapproved container.

12. Darlene Smith-female-age 39- (1) possession of anhydrous ammonia in unapprove container (2) possession of anhtdrpus ammonia

13. Retha Ross-female- age 20- Same charges as smith

14. Martha Mcvey-female- age 70- receiving stolen property-handgun


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  • by Melanie Location: barbourville on Feb 19, 2011 at 10:26 AM
    i agree that meth is a major problem in this area but charging a women age 71 not 70 for manufacturing is kinda over board. Im that ladies grand daughter, im not proud of my family but i will stand beside them. If your wanting to convict someone of a charge as serious as manufactoring you might want to make sure your i are dotted and t are crossed. It costed my grandmother a lot of money for their mistake. Im totally for getting drugs off the streets but the jails dont help these ppl need some help not to be thrown in jail and treated like dogs because they are a persons child, parent, friend etc. drugs are a desease and been locked up doesnt make that problem just "poof" and go away. sincerly Melanie Nicole Rogers (daughter, granddaughter, and sister)
  • by Anonymous Location: knox co on Apr 2, 2008 at 08:06 PM
    barbourville city police and the knox co sheriff's office. (comming soon to a town near you) should be printed on the front page of every news paper these guys are everywhere
  • by Me Location: London on Feb 15, 2008 at 02:23 AM
    I heard that most of them didn't spend a night in jail and were out before dark. So it goes. Kudos to the BPD for trying. Wow, you're right, they'll be right into it again. Maybe before they can get too many more people addicted they'll be caught a few more times then locked away for a while.
  • by Wow Location: RIchmond on Feb 12, 2008 at 08:59 PM
    CONGRATS Knox County police and Barbourville police! I always enjoy reading meth heads being taken off the streets. @ commentors worried about sentences theyll receive 9 outa 10 will snitch on each other and everyone they know till some few get stuck serving 2-3 of 5 years when they get paroled they most likely mess up within 1 year and go back for the remaining 2-3 of 5 years plus any new charges pending.
  • by henry Location: letcher co on Feb 12, 2008 at 05:30 PM
    thumbs up guys good job, go after the dealers. care to take a road trip to letcher co. we sure could use your help.
  • by Anonymous Location: Barbourville, KY on Feb 12, 2008 at 02:48 PM
    Great job BPD & Knox Co Sherriff's dept! One of the females arrested in this incident took my Grandfather for a ride financially, and he was also robbed. I'm sure the money that was stolen from him was used for drugs, and more than likely by people who were involved in this crime. I hope these criminals get the punishment they deserve and then some. Thanks for making this world a safer place for my child, my family and I. May God watch over you and keep you safe, you are truly heroes.
  • by JIM Location: BLACKEY, KY on Feb 12, 2008 at 02:47 PM
    I THINK IT IS REDICULOUS FOR THE GOVERNOR TO SPEND MONEY ON A HORSE PARK. LET THE HORSE OWNERS FOOT THE TOTAL EXPENSE.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 12, 2008 at 07:59 AM
    Casino gambling is hog wash!!! The lottery was suppose to bring in the revenue, these towns with alcohol sales was suppose to bring in the revenue. How about you cut the elected officals pay by 8% and leave the moral values in some tact.The state of Tenn. does not pay state tax nor taxes on vehicles every year but they have better roads. How is that? Casinos would mean the crime and drug abuse rates would go up to. Is the state of Kentucky ready to be known like the big cities of the nation. As a state we have a decent reputation. So if the elected officals in all branches of government cut thier salaries by 8% there would be more money as a whole nation. We don't need anymore taxes or legalize anything else that after a couple of years will not bring in new revenue!!!!!
  • by Mickey Location: barbourville on Feb 12, 2008 at 06:51 AM
    You need to puy your LAST name because I have had tons of call regaurding the comment by who ever is name Mickey. You have the wrong Mickey Here I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THIS DRUG ARREST.
  • by c Location: fkt on Feb 12, 2008 at 06:37 AM
    Good work guys! I agree with ME/London. Now if the judges will just keep them behind bars! These officers work their tails off to catch this scum & the judges just turn them loose! We need to help these officers out by demanding tougher drug laws! Thanks officers for all your hard work, at least you do your job!
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