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Meth Arrest in Knox County

Date of News Release: 02/25/2015

Meth Lab found in Harlan

(Harlan, Ky.) - On February 25, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. Kentucky State Police, Post 10 Harlan received anonymous information of a possible meth lab at a residence off of Ky 6 in the Barbourville community of Knox County.

Troopers responded to the residence of Tonia and Alvin Couch and located a meth lab in an air conditioner vent in a bedroom. Tpr. Taylor Mills began an investigation. The following were arrested from the scene.

  1. Tonia Couch, 43, of Barbourville charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine 1st degree and endangering the welfare of a minor.
  2. Alvin Couch, 34, of Barbourville charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine 1st degree, endangering the welfare of a minor, tampering with physical evidence, drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance 1st degree 1st offense (Meth).
  3. Steve Roark, 31, of Barbourville charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, tampering with physical evidence, and possession of a controlled substance 1st degree 1st offense (Meth).
  4. Kimberly Hammons, 24, of Green Road charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, tampering with physical evidence, and possession of a controlled substance 1st degree 1st offense (Meth)
  5. Ashley Smith, 26, of Bimble charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine 1st degree.

Mr and Mrs. Couch's sixteen year old child was also at the residence at the time of the arrest. The sixteen was released to other family members.

Case is still under investigation by Tpr. Taylor Mills. Also assisted at the scene were Tpr. Jason Partin, Tpr. Chad Gregory, Tpr. Russell Maynard and KSP Drug Enforcement Section Investigation.