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Tip leads to mobile meth lab transport in Johnson County

PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Late Thursday night officials at the Johnson County Sheriff's Office received a tip about a possible meth lab being transported in a pickup truck.

Sheriff Dwayne Price says, "Meth is a very dangerous drug....it is easy to overdose on and causes long term medical problems."

That is why just like with any other drug, Sheriff Price says they have zero tolerance for meth. So when they got the tip deputies quickly located the black Dodge pickup driven by, James Baldwin.

Chief Deputy Kevin Pelphrey says, "A search of the vehicle revealed, meth precursors, and finished meth product."

As well as mobile, "shake and bake", meth labs...which officials later determined to be inactive at the time. However, deputies say the scene is something they are seeing frequently now and say it is extremely dangerous.

"They are just as explosive as the regular meth labs. They stick them in a backpack or in a car and haul them around with them....it is a problem," says Deputy Pelphrey.

Sheriff Price says, "If they take a mobile meth lab into any area or even a residential area there is a chance they could get hurt or multiple people get hurt."

Price credits anonymous tips for getting drugs like this off the streets and out of their community.

"I've got sets of eyes in pretty much every community, several in some and if they see something suspicious they'll call," says Price.

Baldwin is facing several drug charges including possession of meth.

Sheriff Price encourages folks who see any type of suspicious activity, whether it is drug related or another type of crime, to call his office at 606-789-3411.

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