Several active meth labs found in Knox County

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

KNOX COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - The Knox County Sheriff says they are lucky a meth lab did not explode.

Sheriff's deputies say they found the active lab ready to ignite at a home in Flat Lick, which then led to another home with more meth labs.

Five people were arrested.

It started Tuesday when the Knox County Sheriff and a deputy went to serve a warrant at a home on Greenbriar Road.

"Once I placed the handcuffs on him, I saw the bathroom actually smoking behind him," said Deputy Claude Hudson.

Deputy Hudson says then the suspect, 38-year-old Virgil Mills, ran out of the home into the woods.
Hudson then realized the smoke was an active meth lab.

"The meth clean-up team, they don't understand why it didn't explode or ignite or so forth with the condition it was left in when he took off running," said Deputy Hudson.

"It was real dangerous. The way it was set-up, it could've been bad there," said Sheriff John Pickard.

The Sheriff and Hudson chased Mills for a half mile in the woods and caught him.

When they got back to the home, they say they found a woman with a seven month old baby in the room by the bathroom with the meth lab.

Deputies say the baby went to the hospital to get checked out and is now in social services custody.

Deputies also arrested the baby's mother, 32-year-old Elizabeth Sturdivant, and another man in the home, 38-year-old Elvis Hall.

The information at the scene then led them to another home on Ranch Road in Gray where they say they found Mills' wife Crystal with another lab.

"Through the investigation, found one of the largest meth labs we've seen at that date," said Deputy Hudson.

Deputies arrested 29-year-old Crystal Mills and another man at the home, 45-year-old Eddie Gray.

Crews cleaned up the meth labs, and the Sheriff says they are lucky nothing worse happened.

All five suspects face meth-related charges.

Virgil Mills, Elvis Hall, and Elizabeth Sturdivant also face wanton endangerment charges.

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