Law enforcement's united effort land six suspected meth makers
Local law enforcement is paying attention to who is buying pseudoephedrine, one of the main ingredients in the manufacture of methamphetamine.
Officers showed that Tuesday when they arrested six people, including two Whitley County residents, for manufacturing methamphetamine and other drug-related charges.
According to Dale Morton, spokesperson for Operation UNITE, officers spent Tuesday identifying individuals purchasing pseudoephedrine from area pharmacies with the intent of making methamphetamine.
The individuals arrested and the charges they face include:
• Robert Corbin, 37, of Highway 779, Rockholds, manufacturing
methamphetamine, third-degree possession of a controlled substance, and a
warrant for failure to pay fines.
• Frank Dunlap, 22, of Saw Mill Hollow Road, Williamsburg, manufacturing
methamphetamine, third-degree possession of a controlled substance,
possession of marijuana, disregarding a traffic control device, and criminal
• Joyce Holland, 34, of Old State Road, London, first-degree trafficking in
a controlled substance (pills) and possession of marijuana.
• Misty Nantz, 31, of East Laurel Road, London, possession of drug
paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. Additional charges are pending.
• Kimberly Roberts, 44, of Village Wood Court, London, two warrants for
failure to pay fines.
• Brittany D. Smith, 27, of Poplar Lane, Manchester, driving under the
influence, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (meth),
first-degree possession of a controlled substance (hydrocodone), possession
of a controlled substance not in proper container, possession of drug
paraphernalia and failure to wear seatbelt.
"Usually we have so many people coming to purchase pseudoephedrine we can't
keep up with them all," said Dan Smoot, law enforcement director for Operation UNITE. "This is an epidemic problem that continues to get worse."
The individuals were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.
The 30 officers participating in Tuesday's operation are from Kentucky State Police Post 10 in Harlan and Post 11 in London, KSP's Drug Enforcement Special Investigations Branch, Operation UNITE, Laurel County Sheriff's Office and London Police Department.
Operation UNITE is a regional anti-drug initiative that was launched in 2003 through the efforts of Congressman Harold "Hal Rogers, R-Somerset. It is active in 29 counties throughout southern and eastern Kentucky.
Tips about suspected illegal drug activity may be made by calling 1-866-424-4382.
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