After receiving a tip Grayson County Sheriff Detective Terry Blanton and four other deputies arrived at the property on 2519 Richland Road and discovered a working meth lab.
Around 11 p.m. Friday, August 6, with a search warrant in hand, the deputies stopped at the end of the road and walked the distance from the road to the barn on Richland Road.
During the one-mile hike the deputies encountered a man they felt might have been a lookout on a moped and detained him, reported Blanton.
The deputies continued through the property until they located a barn on the property where they found a full-fledged meth operation with people in process of cooking the drug. Deputies arrested six individuals at the scene.
Bobby Duncan, 46, Edward Heflin, 36 of Caneyville, of Caneyville, Darin Rice, 23, of Hartford, Justin Mattingly, 22 of Cromwell, Danny Lawhorn, 18 of Caneyville, Wilma Mattingly, 28, of Beaver Dam were arrested, charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and lodged in the Grayson County Detention Center. All six are currently being held on a $25,000 cash bond.
Sheriff Deputies Bryan Jennins ad Jason White as well as special deputies Buck Meredith and Kevin Newton assisted Blanton with this arrest.
This same property, owned by the late George Fentress, was the site of what Sheriff Rick Clemons had called the department’s largest stockpile of ingredients and equipment found since he took office.
All of the equipment and ingredients used to manufacture methamphetamine were confiscated and disposed of.
No one was charged in the earlier bust of meth charges but police arrested Bobby Duncan, 45, of Richland Road and charged him with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
In addition to finding the meth ingredients the sheriff’s department confiscated two 4- wheelers and harvested seven marijuana plants.
Johnny Hayes, 51, of Caneyville was charged with receiving stolen property in connection to one of the confiscated 4-wheelers.
Sheriff Rick Clemons attributes this arrest to the timely way his officers handled the situation and the tip received.
“We appreciate all the information people provide us through our anonymous tip line or in person,” said Clemons. “This whole office is committed to making our community drug free and along with our community partners wish to keep Grayson County a great place to raise a family.”
Clemons added that although the initial arrest is important the hours spent investigating and organizing a case are just as imported.
“No one realizes how many hours Terry will spend after the arrest to organize the case against the individuals arrested,” said Clemons.
Anyone with any information with any information on illegal drug activity is asked to contact the Grayson County Sheriff Department at (270) 200-2222.