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Tip leads to meth lab bust at Johnson County home with children

By: Hillary Thornton Email
By: Hillary Thornton Email
Johnson County Sheriff

MGN Online

WEST VAN LEAR, Ky. (WYMT) - Johnson County Sheriff's Deputies are praising the community for help in busting a meth lab late Monday night. Deputies say information provided by the public also helped get children out of a dangerous situation.

Sheriff Dwayne Price says, "He told me that, Cynthia Greathouse, was cooking meth in the house and to his knowledge there was a couple of small children in the house."

Sheriff Price says the tipster was able to provide information into the best time to search the home.

"He talked like she made the meth late at night when the children were asleep. So we decided to wait until about 11 or 11:30...and then went up to the residence, she consented to a search," explains Price.

While searching the home deputies found baggies filled with meth, precursors for making meth, and an active shake and bake lab.

They say two children were living there.

Chief Deputy Kevin Pelphrey says, "It is bad enough when adults are making it and they are in the house with it, but when it is children it is even more of an endangerment issue."

Deputies also found several needles throughout the home and on the floor...those and the meth all able to be in direct contact with the children.

Sheriff Price says, "Without the anonymous tip we would have never known about this."

Greathouse was taken to Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, while both children were taken into protective custody by social services

She is facing several charges including both manufacturing and possession of meth, as well as child endangerment.


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