Police bust meth lab in apartment complex

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

Wolfe County Sheriff Chris Carson said a meth lab was discovered after they responded to a call that came in at around 1 p.m. Carson said as soon as they walked in the building off of Old Highway 15, the smell gave it away.

Neighbors of the Campton Methodist Housing were not happy to hear about the discovery of a one-step meth lab, but they said they were glad to see police doing their job.

“Just knowing that that is going on close, it's just sad,” said Samuel Blackburn. Blackburn is a father of three. He and his wife live near the complex where the lab was found.

“I have heard of meth labs blowing up, you could have blown something up there and you could have killed somebody,” said Jason Miller. Miller said he has a toddler living in the apartment complex along with his baby’s mother. He said the fact that someone would endanger the lives of so many children frightened him.

“I am glad they stopped it before anything serious happened,” said Miller.

After investigating, officials from the Wolfe County Sheriff's Department arrested 23-year-old Robert A. Puckett and 26-year-old Jasper E. Spencer. Officials from the Drug Enforcement Special Investigations came in to decontaminate the apartment. Only the apartment 8 in Building E where the lab was located was evacuated.

Those who live in the area said that it is not the first time they have heard of something like this going on, but they are confident in local law enforcement’s ability to alleviate the problem.

“Nothing good ever comes out of drugs,” said Miller.

“They are cracking down on this hard, real hard, I know we have had a few other meth labs that they busted a while back so they are after them,” said Blackburn.

Miller said he knew many people who lost their life because of drugs and he does not want to see it going on in the county.

“Whether you are making money or not you are hurting somebody,” said Miller.

Spencer and Puckett are being held at the Three Forks Regional Jail in Beattyville.

Puckett is charged with possession of meth, manufacturing meth, tampering with physical evidence and possession of drug paraphernalia and is held on a $20,000 cash bond. Spencer is charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of meth and is being held on a $5,000 cash bond.

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