Drug tip hotline results in meth lab bust

A tip led Knox County Sheriff's Department to a residence on Arkle Hollow.
A tip led Knox County Sheriff’s Department to a residence on Arkle Hollow.

The Drug Tip Hotline has proven itself with the arrest of five alleged meth dealers.

The Knox County Sheriff’s Department received multiple complaints, several of which were delivered through the hot line, about meth begin sold at a residence on Bluegrass Drive in Bailey Hollow, just north of Barbourville.

Knox County Deputies Mikey Ashurse and Claude Hudson accompanied Social Services on a welfare check of the children living at the residence Monday, Nov. 9.

When authorities arrived, several individuals fled from the residence. As deputies followed the individuals, an active meth lab was discovered.

A child was taken from the residence and placed in the care of a Social Services Case Worker.

Five people were located and arrested by the deputies for the respective charges:

James Mike Hensley, 40, of Gray, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.

William Boyd Hensley, 32, of Gray, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia and fleeing or evading police.

Curtis T Hensley, 33, of Gray, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

John Stewart, 38, of Gray, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.

Laurel Nicole Caudill, 30, of Barbourville, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.

A  Kentucky State Police DESI Meth Disposal Unit member also responded to the scene taking possession of the active lab.

All five arrested were lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.