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Laurel County Sheriff's Office fighting the war on meth

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

The meth problem is continuing to grow as Kentucky is ranked fourth in the nation for meth production.

Within the state, Laurel County is ranked number one.

Eight indictments were returned Friday for manufacturing meth for just the month of September in the county.

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office has declared war on the meth problem in their county, but it's a problem that all counties in eastern Kentucky are dealing with.

"This region of Kentucky the drug of choice unfortunately is methamphetamine, and it is simple to produce," said Deputy Director of Operation UNITE Dan Smoot.

He says it's a dangerous drug that needs to be eliminated.

"These one step labs are nothing more than a bomb in a plastic jug. They explode quite often," said Smoot.

Laurel County has the most meth activity in the state, just last Friday eight indictments were returned for manufacturing meth.

"That's the result of a continuing war that the Laurel County Sheriff's Office has declared on Laurel County," said Laurel County Sheriff's Deputy Gilbert Acciardo.

He says those eight indictments just show how aggressive the sheriff's office is being as they try to eliminate the meth problem in their county.

"It solves so many other problems. In addition to getting drug traffickers, you get offense for stolen property, you get the drunks and drugged drivers off the roadway," said Acciardo.

Plus, he says it's not just the sheriff's office fighting this battle.

"The citizens are taking a stand against this also because a lot of the tips that we get come from citizens," said Acciardo.

And the battle is not over, Acciardo says they will continue fighting all illegal drug traffickers.

There is also proposed legislation to require a prescription to buy psuedoephedrine, the main ingredient in meth.

As a result of the Laurel County Sheriff's war on meth, a father and son were arrested after police tried to arrest the son on meth related charges.

The Laurel County Sheriff says they found 29 year old Russell Mays hiding in his father's house.

He was wanted on felony charges related to making meth and when they tried to arrest him he was uncooperative.

Police say he fought with deputies and broke a deputy’s glasses.

Police also arrested the suspect's father for hindering apprehension.


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