Meth Related Arrests Increase Total of Decembers "Operation Silent Sweep" - Knox County

Knox County, KY (January 28, 2016) - Sheriff Mike Smith is reporting that on January 27, 2016 Deputy Keith Liford received information that Nick Jones was at a residence on Pitzer Street in Barbourville.

Nicholas Jones was wanted on a Knox County Arrest Warrant for Trafficking in Controlled Substance 2nd Degree, which was part of “Operation Silent Sweep” drug trafficking arrests that occurred on December 16, 2015. Nicholas Jones has been avoiding capture by deputies since that date. Deputy Liford had also received a report of a possible meth lab at the same residence on Pitzer St.

On January 27, 2016 Deputies Keith Liford, Chad Wagner, Claude Hudson and Constable Reed Murphy traveled to the residence on Pitzer St. and apprehended Nicholas Jones as he attempted to jump out of a second story window.

While at the residence, deputies also found suspected Methamphetamine, ingredients used to manufacture Methamphetamine and several syringes.

In addition to the trafficking charge, Nicholas Jones age 27 of Bryant’s Store, KY was charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, Unlawful Possession of Meth Precursors and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Nicholas Jones was also wanted on two Knox County Bench Warrants for failure to pay fines on Promoting Contraband 2nd Degree and Theft by Unlawful Taking charges.

Two other individuals at the residence were also arrested:

Francis Powell, age 41 of Barbourville, KY was charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, Unlawful Possession of Meth Precursors and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Malinda Black, age 26 of Barbourville, KY was charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, Unlawful Possession of Meth Precursors and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

All three arrestees were lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.

Knox County Sheriff Mike Smith encourages anyone with information regarding drug related activity to report it to the Knox County Drug Tip Hotline at 595-8105.

All information will be kept confidential if the caller chooses to do so.

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