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December 17, 2009

Hidden meth room found

Four arrested on drug charges



View photos from inside the lab at: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2023783&id;=1430602322



By Samantha Swindler / Managing Editor

Corbin police discovered a hidden room at 707 Caldwell Street Wednesday that revealed an elaborate meth lab actively cooking the product. 

“Six or seven months ago I started getting reports through the drug tip line that they were making drugs here, and they were using drugs and selling drugs,” said Corbin Sgt. Glenn Taylor. “It started then, trying to run a tab on who’s coming and going. Well, tonight we had an anonymous tip come through the State Police Post in London that said there’s an active lab.”

Taylor began watching the house at about 5 a.m. Wednesday morning. 

“I could see the window in the back bedroom where they were supposed to be making it,” Taylor said. “It was open and the way the wind was kind of blowing that way, I got the anhydrous smell. I called the judge up, told him what I had, the people who were here, the smell that I associate with meth, and he said ‘get me the warrant.’”

Eight Corbin officers burst into the home at about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, where they reportedly found four people, a number of items associated with making the illegal drug, and actual meth product in various stages of production.

Arrested at the scene, for a variety of drug charges, were Richard Hodge, James Brown, Angela Senters and Melissa Mills. 

Officers then began a thorough search of the home, which belongs to Brown. They even picked apart the trash — inside spoiled vegetables and food wrappers, they found items believed to be used in making meth that can give off a strong odor. 

“They try to mask the smell with food,” Taylor said. “They got garbage sitting in there (in the garage), they’ll let it start reeking really good, and a lot of times they’ll put it in the back of a pickup truck and they’ll pay to go dump it themselves.”

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