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Two arrested at meth lab

By Frank Lewis

August 21, 2013

Frank Lewis


PDT Staff Writer


Methamphetamine cooking continues to make a comeback among drug traffickers and illegal drug users in the area. Two people, Jessica D. Sammons, 35, of Wurtland, Ky. and Ryan J. Cornwell, 32, of Ashland, Ky., face charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, first offense, after the raid of a meth lab on Tuesday.


The Flatwoods Police Department received a request for a welfare check at 2600 Indian Run Rd. When they arrived on the scene they were notified that two occupants in the house were cooking methamphetamine. Officers went inside and detained Cornwell and Sammons after observing what appeared to be a one-pot methamphetamine lab. They then contacted the FIVCO Area Drug Enforcement Task Force (FADE).


FADE responded and confirmed one active one-pot meth lab as well as two active gas generators. Everyone was pulled from the house for safety reasons and the Kentucky State Police’s DESI Team was called to dismantle the labs. The house was posted as unfit for habitation by the KSP and Flatwoods Police Chief Kraig Hankins requested that the city board the residence up until the Flatwoods Health Department receives notice that it has been decontaminated.


Both Cornwell and Sammons are being held in the Greenup County Detention Center, and FADE says the investigation is ongoing with further arrests and charges pending.


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