By John L. Ross / Staff Writer
Whitley County Sheriff’s deputies sent three people to jail Thursday — and all three now face drug-related charges.
Sheriff Colan Harrell said that Bobby Darrell Hill, 55, and Kelvin R. Hill, 26, both of Jellico, Tenn., and Jessie Nicole Griffith, 28, of Corbin, were all arrested by K-9 Deputy Kirk Mays.
Harrell explained deputies received an anonymous tip that unknown persons were making methamphetamine — in a cemetery,
Deputies responded to that cemetery, off KY-779 in Rockholds.
Harrell said that when Mays and Detective John Hill arrived, they allegedly found both Hills and Griffith standing next to a vehicle.
The sheriff said that Hill allegedly watched one of the three suspects shaking what appeared to be an HCL generator — often used in cooking meth.
When the suspect saw the deputy, Harrell alleged the suspect poured out the contents of a bottle.
He added that at the scene, deputies located several precursors most often used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, including coffee filters, liquid Drano, powdered Drano, salt, lye and other items.
Deputies also discovered several hypodermic needles.
Upon further investigation, Kentucky State Trooper Les Moses uncovered a meth lab, in which the trio allegedly had already cooked meth and tossed the lab over a hill.
All three arrested face charges of first-degree manufacturing methamphetamine, unlawful possession of meth precursors, and possession of drug paraphernalia. All three remain jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center under $25,000 cash bonds each.
Bobby Hill also faces one charge of tampering with evidence.
Harrell said Mays the investigation will continue.