Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

Local News

March 24, 2011

Three arrested in Cave City meth bust

GLASGOW — Two active methamphetamine labs kept local law enforcement busy Wednesday night.

After a complaint of suspected drug activity came in to the Cave City Police Department, the Barren County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist them at an apartment on Mammoth Cave Road.

Christopher L. Johnson, 27, Billy J. Johnson, 31, and Michael T. Webb, 46, were all arrested at the apartment and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, first offense; and two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.

When units arrived at the scene, they made contact and apprehended a resident who was leaving the apartment. Deputies could detect a strong chemical odor and notified the Barren-Edmonson County Drug Task Force to come to the scene, according to the BCSO.

Deputies Aaron Bennett and Rodney Sponhouse entered the apartment with safety gear and apprehended the other two men. Drug Task Force detectives found and started work to deconstruct an active meth lab.

Additional items discovered in the search included rock salt, lithium batteries, lye, ammonia nitrate, starter fluid, a generator and other items used in the making of methamphetamine.

“The shake and bakes [labs that produce small doses of meth] are the primary labs we’re seeing right now,” said DTF director Jeff Scruggs. “One of the biggest things is the injuries they can cause to the public and the police so we need to do something about this, in the legislature especially.”

The wanton endangerment charges against all three subjects result from the harmful chemicals that Major Mike Gibbons, from the CCPD, and Special Deputy Robert Smith encountered upon arrival causing them to be taken to T.J. Samson Community Hospital for treatment after inhaling the chemicals. Both were treated and released, according to the BCSO release.

All three were lodged in the Barren County Correction Center without bonds.

Additional charges against all three subjects are pending the investigation.

In another meth-related incident, the BCSO acted on a tip of suspected drug activity earlier this week at a property on Morrison Park Road, where they found more than 40 small “shake and bake” labs.

Upon arrival, deputies and Drug Task Force detectives found drug paraphernalia in plain view and more than 50 HCL generators along with the labs. They also found Coleman Fuel, rock salt, lithium batteries, lye, ammonia nitrate and an anhydrous ammonia tank, along with other items used in the making of methamphetamine, according to the BCSO.

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