By Carl Keith Greene / Staff Writer
Monday afternoon, Sheriff’s Detectives Billy Madden and Brad Mitchell found two one-step methamphetamine cookers, two hydro chloride generators and two containers of meth by-products.
The illegal drug activities were spotted about 4 p.m. in a valley off KY 3434 near the end of a Star Hill Road that turns north at the top of what’s called Star Hill east of Pittsburg.
When officers raided the meth making site, several suspects tried to run on foot into the thick wooded area.
With a large deputy force at the site, five arrests were made. Three of the arrests were made of suspects fleeing on foot.
Chief Deputy Eddy Sizemore and Mitchell captured Freddie Wayne Scalf, 19, of West Laurel Road.
Randall B. Murray, 49, of West KY 1376, was caught by Deputy Greg Turner.
Madden caught on the run James Russell Peters, 46, of London.
James H. Scalf, 38, of Star Hill Road at East Bernstadt, did not attempt to run.
All four were charged with making meth.
Scalf was also charged with receiving stolen property after a heavy duty CAT battery was found on his property.
A fifth man, Stephen D. Eversole, was arrested at the scene.
Eversole, 30, of Filter Plant Road, was arrested on an outstanding bench warrant charging him with operating a motor vehicle under the influence.
The five were taken to the Laurel County Detention Center.
Also found and seized at the scene of the meth cooking were a four-wheeler Gator and a Ford pickup truck.
Other suspects are sought and further arrests are pending investigation, said Sheriff John Root.
The meth cookers were neutralized by the Laurel County Division of Public Safety director Abby Hale and other personnel.
Other sheriff’s deputies involved in the arrests were Sgt. Deputy Josh Gaylor and deputies Jason Back and Gilbert Acciardo.
By Carl Keith Greene / Staff Writer
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