Tip leads Johnson sheriff to Meth lab

By Jack Latta

August 1, 2013

SITKA — One person was hospitalized and another was taken into custody Tuesday after Johnson County sheriff’s deputies found a methamphetamine lab in the Sitka community.

According to officials, deputies responded Tuesday evening to a tip received by Johnson County Sheriff Dwayne Price, of a possible active meth lab located at 141 Puncheon Creek Road, at Sitka. Upon arrival at the residence, deputies discovered a meth lab in a bedroom of the residence. They also located meth precursors and other drug paraphernalia, as well as a large quantity of meth in a clear plastic bag.

Upon entry, deputies found 27-year-old Zachary Jude suffering from a possible overdose. Members of Paintsville EMS and the Flat Gap Fire Department initially treated and decontaminated Jude, and had him flown to Pikeville Medical Center. Due to Jude’s condition, he was cited.

The other subject located in the residence, Donald L. Davis, 40, of Hager Hill, was taken into custody and lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center. Both subjects were charged with complicity to manufacture methamphetamine, complicity to unlawful possession of meth precursors, and complicity to possess drug paraphernalia.

The incident remains under investigation by Deputy Byron Fairchild. Assisting at the scene were Deputy Rodney Minix, Paintsville EMS, and the Flat Gap Volunteer Fire Department. KSP DESI Unit also responded, dismantling and disposing of the lab.

Sheriff Price says that his department needs all residents of Johnson County to help in eliminating the drug problem, and encourages anyone with knowledge of drug activity, or any illegal activity to contact the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office at 789-3411.