CORRECTION: Rick Frederick was mistakenly listed in this story as a special deputy. Frederick was actually on a ride-along with the Knox County Sheriff’s Department. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.
Sheriff’s deputies catch meth manufacturer on second try
By Bobbie Poynter
An anonymous tip led to the capture and subsequent arrest of a Barbourville man who fled from Knox County sheriff’s deputies last week.
The sheriff’s department received an anonymous tip Friday that Calvin Buttery, 43, of Barbourville, was back home on Bennett Branch Road, where six active methamphetamine labs were seized and three people were arrested Tuesday, March.
Buttery had bolted out the door while the sheriff’s department was searching his trailer on Bennett Branch Road for meth labs and precursors. His wife, Loufredia “Kathern” Buttery and two others were all arrested at that time.
Sheriff’s Deputy Keith “Buster” Liford, assisted by Special Deputy Ricky Frederick, drove out to the house Friday, and finding the property gate locked, parked the cruiser down the road and worked their way back through the woods at the side of the trailer.
Covering both the front and back doors, the deputies found Buttery in the house and arrested him. During the search of the house, the officers also found an oxycodone pill.
A warrant had been obtained on Calvin Buttery stemming from the March 31 charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, unlawful possession of methamphetamine precursors, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest and wanton endangerment of a police officer.
At the time of his arrest Buttery was also charged with possession of a controlled substance and prescription controlled substance not in original container by having oxycodone in his possession.
Buttery was also wanted on a Whitley County Bench warrant on Driving on DUI Suspended License and Failure to Wear Seat Belt charges.
Buttery was taken to the Knox County Detention Center where a nurse on duty requested he be immediately taken to the hospital and tested for drugs in his system, after which he was returned and lodged in the jail.
Deputy Liford said he was understandably concerned that Buttery would bolt again when they got to his house, but was surprised when the man offered no resistance.
“It’s always a good feeling when you can make a serious arrest without any confrontation,” said Liford.