Meth bust puts 10 in jail

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

An anonymous tip in Leslie County led to 10 arrests and four meth labs equaling one big drug bust for police.

It happened before dawn in the Bob Fork section of Leslie County.

White powder, drug paraphernalia, and a dozen people are what police found at a house on Cane Fork Road.

"All of them denied that they had anything to do with it and that they didn't know what was going on, but all of them was right there with it when the lab was actually cooking," said Isaac Hollins, a constable in Leslie County.

Two got away, but 10 were arrested all charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and a few with possession of drug paraphernalia.

"We located a few around the residence. There was a few a lot of them behind the structure where the shakers were found," said Joshua Collett, a deputy sheriff in Leslie County.

Four active meth labs were found right here in front of the garage of Barbara Burns' home when police arrived at about three a.m. With funneling, tubing, and meth cooking out in the open.

"We found needles and one actually already had the meth in it. We found a few baggies that had meth inside those," said Collett.

Sheriff's deputies say this bust put a dent in the drug epidemic and they hope it leads to more arrests.

Beauford Caldwell, Raleigh Strunk, Barbara Burns, Clayton Smith, Phillip Turner, Billy Brock, Heather Burton, Randdolph Moore, Willa Bowling, and Brent Collins are lodged in the Leslie County Detention Center.

The Leslie County Sheriff encourages people to give anonymous tips which help law enforcement officials bust meth labs like this one.

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