Huge Meth Trafficking Operation Busted in Southeast Kentucky

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LONDON, KY - Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting that: The Laurel County Sheriff's office interdiction team – Deputy Landry Collett and Deputy Justin Taylor initiated an investigation that led to the identification of a major Methamphetamine source of supply to the Laurel and Knox County area on May 13, 2021.

Based on information developed from a traffic stop initiated by the Laurel County Sheriff's office and supported by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), a search warrant was executed at a residence off Hopkins Cemetery Road at the junction of McClure Bridge Road approximately 7 miles South of London.

The search resulted in the seizure of more than 10 ounces of Methamphetamine and approximately $15,000 US currency.

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As the investigation continued, investigators identified Harvey Couch of Beaver Dam, KY and Amber Price of Harrisburg, Illinois as the source of supply for significant quantities of Methamphetamine trafficking between Atlanta, Georgia and London, KY.

The pair are also implicated in trafficking to Illinois.

Subsequently, Investigators arrested Price and Couch at the residence off Hopkins Cemetery Road as they arrived to collect drug proceeds.

Price and Couch are estimated to be moving 5 kilograms of Methamphetamine from Atlanta and London KY and Illinois every two weeks.

Investigators seized approximately $22,000 additionally from Price and Couch along with a small amount of Methamphetamine.

Also arrested on May 13 was Brian Shively of Adams Rd., Corbin. Investigators seized approximately 1/2 ounce of meth and approximately $4000 from Shively.

Also arrested during the investigation was John Karr of Lily and Jody Melton of London.

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Altogether five persons have been arrested so far and approximately $41,000 in US currency seized. Those arrested are listed as follows:

Harvey Couch age 54 of Beaver Dam, KY.

  • In federal custody on DEA charges

Amber Price age 24 of Harrisburg, Illinois.

  • In federal custody on DEA charges

Jody Gordon Melton age 35 of O Johnson Rd., London, KY charged with:

  • Trafficking in a Controlled substance – first-degree – first offense – Methamphetamine
  • Possession of a Controlled substance – third-degree
  • Possession of Drug paraphernalia
  • Possession of a handgun by a convicted felon

Brian Shively age 37 of Adams Rd., Corbin, KY charged with:

  • Trafficking in a Controlled substance – first-degree – first offense – Methamphetamine

John Karr age 52 of Richland Dr., Lily, KY charged with:

  • Possession of a Controlled substance – first-degree – first offense – Methamphetamine

All five individuals were lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

Photos of accused attached are courtesy of the Laurel County Correctional Center.

In addition, photos of the scene of the investigation off Hopkins Cemetery Road at McClure Bridge Road are attached to this report.

Photos of contraband seized attached to this report.

Laurel sheriff’s Investigators involved in this case included:

  • Deputy Landry Collett
  • Deputy Justin Taylo
  • Maj. Chuck Johnson
  • Capt. Robbie Grimes
  • Lieut. Chris Edwards
  • Detective James Sizemore
  • Detective Bryon Lawson
  • Detective Taylor McDaniel
  • Detective Robert Reed
  • Deputy Allen Turner
  • Deputy Hunter Disney
  • K-9 Deputy Jake Miller and his K-9 “Maverick”
  • Detective Richard Dalrymple
  • Deputy Hobie Daughert
  • Deputy Tommy Houston
  • Shift Sgt. John Inman

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Also assisting was the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Laurel Sheriff John Root (left) stated that the “War on Drugs” continues in Laurel County.

As the investigation continues more arrests are expected.

 

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