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Meth bust near three schools

Just after midnight, an odor complaint coming from a house in Laurel County just 800 feet from three schools led sheriff's deputies to arrest two people.

54-year-old William Robinson and 54-year-old Debbie Jones were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, trafficking a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of marijuana, and resisting arrest.

Both are now lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center, but school officials are still concerned about the safety of their students.

Methamphetamine is a drug the Laurel County Sheriff's Department has not handled lately.

But a strong odor and suspicious behavior made it obvious that one house was being used to make this illegal drug.

"They were practically overcome by the odor of ammonia that was inside. Upon an investigation inside they found items used to manufacture methamphetamine," said Gilbert Acciardo, who is with the Laurel County Sheriff's Department.

With the two suspects behind bars, police are focusing on the location of the meth house.

The biggest concern for everyone in the area is how close the house is to an elementary school, middle school, preschool, and baptist church in East Bernstadt.

800 feet is too close for comfort for the principal at East Bernstadt Elementary and Middle Schools.

"This is very close to the school, and we've not had any reports of this being this close. We've had them in East Bernstadt but not around the school in general," said Principal James Meding.

Making parents and other school officials aware of the bust and reinforcing safety procedures is the school's first step.

"The safer our kids are, the better they learn. The more responsible we as adults are and schools are as administrators, then kids can feel safe coming to school and parents can feel safe leaving children under our watchful care," said Principal Meding.

To keep these students' futures bright, the accused drug offenders' futures must remain in jail.

The principal at East Bernstadt Elementary and Middle Schools says this meth bust is a concern for both parents and school officials.


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