Seven Arrested in Paducah Meth Lab Bust
By WestKyStar Staff
PADUCAH, KY - The McCracken County Sheriff’s Department arrested seven on Monday afternoon after the search of a Paducah home led to the discovery of a meth lab.
According to the McCracken County Sheriff's Department, detectives received information of alleged illegal drug activity occurring at 940 Martin Luther King Drive in Paducah. Detectives then conducted an investigation that revealed a meth manufacturing operation was taking place within the residence.
On Monday afternoon at approximately 3:30 pm, detectives and sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant at the residence. While approaching the residence deputies stopped a vehicle driven by 32-year-old Jessie Young of Paducah, who was attempting to leave the residence. Deputies say they found a syringe and meth in his possession.
During the execution of the warrant, a man later identified as 34-year-old Dustin Giller of Paducah, was observed jumping from a second story window of the residence and fleeing on foot. Detectives caught Giller after a short foot chase. Four additional adults (Corinna Meyers, Faith Tidwell, Trisha Little, and Christopher Fernandez) as well as an infant and a young child were found inside the residence.
A subsequent search of the residence revealed five meth labs, some of which deputies say were still active. Deputies also found quantities of meth, digital scales, and several ingredients used in the manufacture of meth.
While deputies were at the residence, 39-year-old Timothy Copley of Metropolis arrived at the residence and was arrested after deputies learned that he was driving on a suspended license.
The investigation revealed that Giller was manufacturing meth inside the home for approximately two months while Young, Tidwell and Meyers assisted him by purchasing additional precursors on several occasions to aid in the manufacturing process. They benefited by receiving meth in return.
Deputies said that their investigation also revealed that on occasion, meth was made at the residence while the two children were present. This prompted detectives to charge several offenders with controlled substance endangerment to a child.
Giller was convicted of manufacturing meth in 2010 and received a 20 year sentence, but was released on parole. He also has four prior convictions for fleeing the police.
All of the suspects, with the exception of Copley, were arrested on various drug charges. All have been booked into the McCracken County Jail.