Five arrested on meth-trafficking charges in Laurel

jkegley@herald-leader.comOctober 17, 2012 

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office arrested five people Wednesday while investigating a methamphetamine trafficking operation.

Deputies seized cash and more than six grams of crystal meth, according to a news release. The investigation began at Laurel Mobile Home Village on Southwind Street in London, where the meth apparently was being cooked.

Arrested there were Phillip C. Conley, 24, and Charles D. Morgan, 43, according to the news release. The sheriff's office said Conley was in possession of 13 baggies containing small quantities of suspected meth, and Morgan was in possession of 11 baggies. Both were charged with trafficking in a controlled substance.

Morgan later was charged with first-degree promoting contraband after deputies allegedly found another baggie in his shoe while he was being booked into the Laurel County Detention Center.

"He told deputies he could not keep up with all the little baggies he made in a day," the release said.

The investigation led to other parts of town, where two more suspects were arrested on drug charges.

On Old Whitley Road, about a mile south of London, Andrew J. Floyd, 27, was charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, resisting arrest and trafficking in a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school. The drug sale occurred near a grade school, the news release said.

Gary Evans, 54, of Old Whitley Road was charged with possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest after the sheriff's office said he bought $10 worth of meth.

During the operation, the sheriff's office also charged Keith A. Lloyd, 21, with failure to appear in court on a traffic charge.

All the suspects were being held in the Laurel County jail.

Josh Kegley: (859) 231-3197. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety.

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