By Becky Killian/Managing Editor
Five people were arrested Monday at a Corbin tattoo parlor after an investigation revealed they were selling drugs and making counterfeit money, according to Corbin Police Department.
Those arrested at Slinging Ink Tattoo parlor were Jeff Lawson, 46, of Rockholds, Christopher Lawson, 27, of Rockholds, George Lawson, 25, of Corbin, Dustin Chad Lawson, 26, of Williamsburg, and Lakin Ayers, 18, of Williamsburg.
Over $5,000 in poor-quality counterfeit bills were confiscated by police and about $600 of fake bills were obtained from local businesses and individuals. Corbin police said the Secret Service became involved in the investigation since counterfeit bills were involved.
Police also found OxyContin pills that were obtained from Florida pain clinics.
The investigation was launched after police received tips about the counterfeiting and drugs being sold from the parlor. Police said the Lawsons only recently rented the building along Cumberland Falls Highway.
Jeff Lawson is the father of Christopher Lawson and Dustin Chad Lawson, police said. George Lawson is related to the family and Lakin Ayers is a girlfriend to one of the men.
The five people were booked into Whitley County Detention Center early Tuesday morning and police said they were later arraigned in court.
Jeff Lawson, Christopher Lawson and George Lawson each face charges of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to police and jail records. Dustin Lawson and Lakin Ayers were each charged with first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. An outstanding bench warrant was also served to Lakin Ayers.
The Laurel County Sheriff’s Department assisted when the search warrant was executed Monday afternoon.
The police investigation continues.
Drugs, counterfeit money found, Secret Service aids investigation
By Becky Killian/Managing Editor
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