, Corbin, KY

March 6, 2013

Active meth lab found on Ben Jones Loop

The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — By John L. Ross

Staff Writer

Suspects holding the bag — that’s what many law enforcement officials dream of when investigating crimes.

Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell got to fulfill that dream Monday after responding to a report of an operating meth lab on Ben Jones Loop south of Williamsburg.

Late Monday Harrell said he and Sgt. Tim Baker went to the residence after receiving information from an informant that a resident of a home there was manufacturing methamphetamines.

That resident was 42-year-old Casey Lee Moses.

“When we got to the residence, you could smell meth,” Harrell said. “We went around to the back of the house, and the window was open.”

The odor of meth was unmistakeable, according to Harrell.

“You could smell meth there too — it was bad,” he said.

Harrell and Baker entered the residence.

“We were going to the steps to the second floor where (the suspect’s) bedroom was,” Harrell said. “I was about four or five steps from the top — and there was Casey, standing, holding a plastic bag.”

He said he won’t soon forget the look on Moses’ face. “Shock be upon you,” Harrell said Tuesday. “I asked him what was in the bag — and he just froze.”

Harrell said Moses admitted to what was in the bag, telling him “Well, I got some meth.”

Harrell said Moses had a one-step meth lab, as well as finished meth.

A further search of the property located an HCL generator, which is hydrochloric acid, required in chemical reactions where moisture cannot be tolerated.

“He had been making meth at this residence,” Harrell said.

Moses remains jailed at the Whitley County Detention Center under a $50,000 cash bond. He faces charges of his first offense of manufacturing methamphetamine and possessing methamphetamine precursors, according to Harrell.

No court date has yet been set.

Kentucky State Police troopers were brought to the scene to neutralize the meth making operation.