TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

April 29, 2013

Knox parents indicted on meth charges

By John L. Ross
TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

KNOX COUNTY — By John L. Ross, Staff Writer

Two parents who face charges of first-degree manufacturing methamphetamine and first-degree wanton endangerment were indicted by a grand jury in Knox County Circuit Court Friday.

Steven A. Campbell, 29, and Wannetta A. Campbell, 29, both of Hobart Lane in Gray, were arrested by the Kentucky State Police March 30.

During their preliminary hearings earlier this month, state troopers testified that troopers and deputies went to the residence after receiving calls from neighbors reporting children, who reside with the Campbells, were out in the neighborhood “asking people for food.”

The trooper explained that when he got to the home, he made first contact with Wannetta Campbell, who agreed to allow the trooper in the home. The trooper said he followed her to a back bedroom, where Steven Campbell was discovered “passed out on a futon” with a child next to him — and “an active meth lab on the coffee table.”

Once he was questioned, the trooper said Steven Campbell admitted to making meth “for the past three months.”

The trooper also said Wannetta Campbell “said she knew it was going on,” and that she admitted to smoking meth.

He added the home itself was “unlivable” for the kids, stating there was a mattress on the living room floor and old food was laying around.

The trooper testified that all the children in the home were removed from the residence.

During the trooper’s testimony, Wannetta Campbell continuously made physical motions denying what was said.

During their hearing Friday, they received a four-count indictment. The first count charges the couple with their first offense of manufacturing methamphetamine after allegedly knowingly and unlawfully having in their possession chemicals and/or equipment used to make meth with the intent of doing so.

The second, third and fourth counts indict them on three charges of fourth-degree controlled substance endangerment to a child after allegedly permitting three children to be present while meth was being manufactured.

Both Campbells remain jailed in the Knox County Detention Center under $25,000 cash bonds each.