TPR Lloyd Cochran
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 11, London
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Meth Investigation and Arrest in Whitley County
Date of News Release: 10/06/11
(LONDON, KY.) –- – On Thursday, October 6, 2011, at 12:03 AM, KSP Post 11, London received an anonymous tip of an active Methamphetamine Lab on Deep Branch Road in Eastern Whitley County.
KSP Trooper's Tony Dingess and Les Moses were dispatched to the area, and upon arrival, detected a strong chemical odor. Further investigation into the incident led the troopers to a camper trailer where they observed a male subject, later identified as Cecil B. Hamblin, 52, of Williamsburg, actively working a meth lab.
Upon knocking on the door and identifying themselves as police officers, the troopers observed Hamblin arm himself with a modified "sawed off" shotgun.
After a brief standoff the accused exited the residence, without incident, and was taken into custody.
Located, at the scene, were two active one step Meth Labs, along with the loaded modified "sawed off" shotgun.
Hamblin and another person, Heather L. Lebanion, 35, of Corbin were both arrested and charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine 1ST Degree 1ST Offense and Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Both were lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.
Trooper Dingess is in charge of the investigation and was assisted by Trooper Les Moses.