TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

December 21, 2010

16 meth labs found in home

Three men arrested following welfare check by Corbin, Whitley officials


The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — Times-Tribune Staff Report

Sixteen one-step methamphetamine labs were confiscated and three men were arrested after police made a welfare check Friday at a home in the Turner Subdivision, according to Corbin Police Department Major Rob Jones.

The arrests came as police and Whitley County Sheriff’s Special Deputy Ron Bowling checked on a boy at the residence. Jones said the officers noticed a strong odor typically associated with the manufacture of meth.

After receiving permission to search the home, the officers found 16 separate one-step labs and also recovered a substance that tested positive for meth.

Police arrested Bret Hatfield, 32, and Keelah Newman, 30, both of Corbin, and Johnathon Brock, 22, of Pineville, and charged each of them with first-degree manufacturing methamphetamine, first-degree possession of controlled substances, first-degree unlawful possession of methamphetamine precursors and controlled substance endangerment to a child. They were taken to the Whitley County Detention Center.

Bowling was assisted by Corbin Police Department officers Sgt. Robbie Hodge, K-9 Officer Coy Wilson, Patrolman Kirk Mays and the Kentucky State Police.