Polk discovers third meth lab this year

Published 10:28 pm Sunday, February 2, 2014

If the month of January is any indication, the making of methamphetamine (meth) could be a problem for Polk County this year.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office discovered the county’s third meth lab this month on Thursday, Jan. 30, in the Sunny View community.

Corey Lindsey, 26, of 127 Wolfe Branch Drive, Mill Spring was arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm by a felon, maintaining a vehicle/dwelling/ place for a controlled substance, which are all felonies, and simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance (prescription pills), simple possession of schedule VI (marijuana) and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the sheriff’s office.

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Lindsey recently was released from prison on a conviction of possession of methamphetamine stemming from a May 2013 arrest, according to sheriff reports.

The sheriff’s office arrested Lindsey last week during a probation search of Lindsey’s residence. Investigators discovered one small meth lab in a plastic bottle, that wasn’t active, but was likely cooked in the 12 hours before the discovery, according to the sheriff’s office.

The sheriff’s office has discovered two other meth labs in the county so far this year. The county’s largest meth lab in recent history was discovered in Green Creek on Jan. 9 with officers coming into the residence while cooking was occurring.

Officers found the active lab as well as approximately 15 old labs at 315 Scoggins Road, Green Creek and arrested Billy Lawrence Carr and Harold Dean Bailey, according to sheriff reports. The sheriff’s office also found a meth lab dumpsite on John Weaver Road, also in Green Creek on Jan. 1. Lindsey was still being held in jail Friday, Jan. 31 under a $108,000 bond.

He was scheduled for his first court appearance Jan. 31.