Sheriff Kelly Shouse said meth labs have become all too common in Qwsley County
“This is known as ‘the hole’ in Owsley County,” said Shouse.
“This is an ongoing problem in this area.”
One and a half dozen old one step meth labs were found, including one that was being made and missing some ingredients in a creek on Amburgey Road directly behind the Owsley County Elementary School.
School officials said that the alternative school was evacuated but the elementary school was put on lock down for the remainder of the day after police told them they had discovered the makings of several one step meth labs.
“They actually found it and notified me and I greatly appreciate that because then we were able to do what we needed to do to take our kids where they needed to be at and make sure it's a safe and secure environment,” said Tim Bobrowski, the Owsley County Schools Superintendent.
Bobrowski and the principal said that they plan on sending a note home to the parents notifying them about the lockdown procedures taken during the day to ensure safety of the children.
“We felt like since the discovery out back in close proximity to our building we felt like the safest and best course of action would be to put our students on lockdown,” said Principal Steve Gabbard of Owsley County Elementary School.
Shouse said he believes it is something that should not be going on, especially that close to the school.
“I don't want to see it around my kids,” said Shouse.
“I have got kids and grandkids in there and they are my kids.”
The sheriff said that they depend on help from the public to crack down on this epidemic.
“I think education is the trick, you have got to tell the people what they are looking out for when they see something or see somebody sneaking around or smell something get the people to know what to watch for,” said Shouse.
Shouse said that the main things to look for are empty lighter fluid cans, battery casings and pseudo ephedrine “Sudafed” pill shell casings. He said that the areas often smell like ammonia.
“It is just sad that people want to destroy our children's lives and want to destroy the opportunity that these children have,” said Gabbard.
“We should not have to deal with meth labs within a close proximity to the school.”
The sheriff said that most of the bottles found were old, but they have seen a lot of problems in that area between the Riverside project apartments and the school.
No arrests have been made but the sheriff said it is an ongoing investigation.