Meth lab bust in Johnson County

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Police in Johnson County have found four meth labs in less than two weeks, two of them just last night.

One person was arrested and investigators are searching for other suspects.

The latest meth lab discovered in Johnson County is close to home for Constable Bob Hyden. It was across the street.

“This is a close place here, and I've lived here 17 years and I've never even had an argument or problem with anyone,” Constable Hyden said.

He says this just shows how the meth problem is growing in the county.

Police say an anonymous tip led them to find five one step meth labs, one of them cooking, inside the home on Circle Drive in Thelma.

They arrested 23 year old Casey Green who police say had chemical burns from the meth cooking.

“We all feel a little hurt by it because it's like one of our family,” Constable Hyden said.

A few hours later, police discovered at least 15 one-step meth labs at a vacant trailer in Keaton.

“We do have potential suspects and we're looking for those people,” Johnson County Sheriff Dwayne Price said.

Police have also busted two other meth labs in the past week.

Police say it is the community tips that is helping them find the meth labs.

“Because the only way we can be successful in the clean-up of these meth labs is tips from the public,” Sheriff Price said.

Meanwhile, Hyden hopes this is the end of meth on his street.

“Maybe the woman that was doing this will get some help, and maybe it will be positive,” Hyden said.

Police ask for more tips to any other meth labs.
If you have a tip about a potential meth lab in Johnson County, you can call the sheriff's department or the Paintsville Police Department.

All tips can be anonymous.

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