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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  • by Anonymous on Mar 17, 2011 at 05:47 PM
    I want to know how this is all over the news and in the paper and she got caught with all these felonys and all she got out of it was 90 days in jail and drug court......Something is not right with all of this I dont care if it is her first time being in trouble ( only becasue all her other drug charges have disappeared ) Something needs to be done.......
  • by Tillie Location: FL on Mar 13, 2011 at 12:14 AM
    Send to prison & throw away the key! A waste of life in our society.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 12, 2011 at 05:01 PM
    good going jc police department and keep up the good work
  • by Anonymous on Mar 11, 2011 at 02:12 PM
    good job i love see them get busted.
  • by Buella Location: Johnson co on Mar 11, 2011 at 07:36 AM
    GREAT JOB.Sherriff Price you are proving to be a man of your word!!!Keep up the good work.
  • by Doug Wooton Location: Crab Orchard ky on Mar 11, 2011 at 07:08 AM
    God job to the police of Johnson co.
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Sep 4, 2011 at 09:18 AM in reply to Doug Wooton
      a drug record never goes away


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