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Meth Lab - Drug Arrest in Clay County

Date of News Release: 11/19/2007

(LONDON) On 11-14-2007 at 10:00 AM the Kentucky State Police received a request for assistance from the Clay County Social Services on a complaint at the residence of Regina A. Griffie, 38, of 440 Saplin Fork Road, Manchester in Clay County, KY.

Upon arrival Trooper Greg Hill observed two subjects inside a Purple Chevrolet Blazer in the driveway. As Trooper Hill approached the vehicle he could smell a strong odor, that is associated with the manufacture of Methamphetamine, and discovered a working Meth Lab inside.

Griffie, the vehicle's owner, and her 12-year-old son came out of the residence and approached Trooper Hill. Griffie was detained and that time. Also detained were the two subjects from inside the vehicle, identified as, Gary C. Grimes, 27 of Annville, KY and Kathy L. Stewart, 35, of Manchester, KY.

Trooper Hill, with permission, searched Griffie's residence and found Matthew A. Welsh, 22, of Manchester, KY inside. Trooper Hill arrested all four subjects on the charge of Manufacturing Methamphetamine and charged Griffie with the additional charges of Endangering the welfare on a minor, resisting arrest and Criminal Mischief 3RD Degree.

Information learned at the Griffie residence lead officers to a residence at the McCoy Heights trailer park where another Meth Lab was discovered. The Clay County Sheriff's Office is in charge of that investigation and arrests.

KSP Trooper Greg Hill is in charge of the Griffie investigation and was assisted at the scene by Troopers and Detectives from the Kentucky State Police, officers from the Clay County Sheriff's Office, officer's from UNITE and worker's from the Department of Social Services.

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