By Bobbie Poynter
Barbourville Police raided an upstairs apartment in the Dixon Trailer Park around 11 p.m. Friday after receiving an anonymous tip that people in the apartment were cooking methamphetamine. As officers entered the apartment’s front door, two people fled out the back door, tossing a couple of working meth labs off the deck and into the back yard.
Officers arrested the apartment’s residents, Linda Davis, 51, and Howard Douglas Davis, 54, as well as Jonah Sutherland, 29, and Judy Sutherland, 18, all of Barbourville, and charged them with manufacturing meth.
The officers detected a strong chemical odor coming from the apartment, even before they entered the apartment and, once inside, they found multiple items used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.
Two more suspects, Jonathan Patterson, 34, and Autumn Tye, 33, were found hiding in the bathroom of an adjacent apartment and also arrested. They were charged with manufacturing meth, fleeing and evading police officers, and tampering with physical evidence.
All six were lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.
Assisting at the scene were Barbourville Police Patrolmen Josh Lawson, Jake Knuckles, Pat Clouse, and Elijah Broughton, Chief Winston Tye and KSP Sergeant Jason Bunch. Once all the suspects had been arrested and removed from the apartment, the KSP DESI unit arrived and neutralized the meth labs.