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Meth Lab Investigation and Arrests in Laurel County

Date of News Release: 01/15/2013

(LONDON, KY.) -- On Monday, January 14, 2013 at approximately 11:45 PM, KSP Sergeant Steve Walker conducted a traffic stop on a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt passenger vehicle for disregarding a stop sign at the intersection of KY Highway 312 and KY Highway 363.

Upon making contact with the operator of the vehicle, Joshua Hays, 30, of Keavy, KY, Sergeant Walker determined Hays was operating the vehicle while under the influence of a substance that impaired his driving ability and placed him under arrest.

During the traffic stop Sergeant Walker had observed a strong chemical odor omitting from inside the vehicle. Further investigation resulted in the discovery of one completed Methamphetamine lab, chemicals and items used in the manufacturing of Methamphetamine (Salts, Lithium Batteries, Drain Cleaner), finished Methamphetamine product (1 gram), Marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.

Arrested at the scene were: Joshua Hays, 30, of Keavy, KY Hays charged with DUI, Disregarding a Stop Sign, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Manufacturing Methamphetamine. Two passengers, identified as Michael Cunigan, 24, of Annville, KY and Skye Stewart, 21, of McKee, KY were also arrested and charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine.

Sergeant Steve Walker is continuing the investigation and was assisted at the scene by Laurel County Deputy Sheriff Justin Walker.

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