Three arrested in drug bust

Photos submitted Deputy Keith Liford responded to this residence in Raven Ridge Court.
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Deputy Keith Liford responded to this residence in Raven Ridge Court.

A tip to the Knox County Sheriff’s office led to the arrest of three individuals for manufacturing meth.

Knox County Sheriff’s Deputy Keith Liford responded to the call of a possible meth lab Wednesday, Sept. 2, on Raven Ridge Court in Gray. When the deputy arrived, he found the back door open and noticed the smell of ether, an indicator of a meth lab. Inside, Deputy Liford found methamphetamine, items used to manufacture methamphetamine and various drug paraphernalia. Several active meth labs were found outside the home, along with generators and several ingredients to manufacture methamphetamine.

Arrested were Heather Hollin, 38, John Jones, 40, and Russell Broughton, 32, all of Gray. All three were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, first degree possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of methamphetamine precursors and possession of drug paraphernalia.

One of the active meth labs found at the residence.
One of the active meth labs found at the residence.

Liford also found two damaged highway signs at the residence, including a stop sign, adding the additional charges of first and second-degree criminal mischief for Hollin and Jones.

Hollin had a previous warrant in Whitley County for failure to appear on several traffic charges. Broughton also had three outstanding warrants in Knox County and a warrant in Laurel County for failure to appear on eight traffic charges.

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

Deputy Liford was assisted by Sheriff Mike Smith, Deputy Tackett Wilson and Constable Reed Murphy.

A Kentucky State Police DESI Meth Disposal Unit member responded to the scene to confiscate the active labs and precursors.