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Meth lab bust in Knox County

Date of News Release: 12/24/2010

(Artemus, Ky.) -- On 12/23/2010 Kentucky State Police Post 10 Harlan responded to an anonymous tip of a meth lab operating in the community of Artemus, KY. Troopers Bryan Johnson and Jacob Wilson responded to the complaint and located several precursors outside of the residence in question. Contact was made with the occupants and consent to search was obtained for the residence. The search revealed eleven "one-step" meth labs, approximately ten pounds of possible finished product and several more precursors. KSP DESI-East and the Laurel County DPS responded to the scene to clean up the lab.Davis C. Mills Davis C. Mills Sr, age 54 of Artemus, KY was charged with eleven counts of Manufacturing Meth 1st offense, 35 counts of Possession of Meth Precursors 1st offense and eleven counts Theft of Anhydrous Ammonia with Intent to Manufacture Meth 1st offense. Mr. Mills was lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.

This case is still under investigation by Trooper Jacob Wilson of Kentucky State Police Post 10 Harlan. To anonymously report any type of suspected illegal drug activity, citizens can call the KSP toll-free drug tip hotline, 1-800-DOPETIP. The hotline is answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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