Laurel County meth suspects evaded police for hours below trap door

bestep@herald-leader.comMarch 26, 2013 

Laurel County deputies arrested five people Monday evening on drug charges at a mobile home where a trap door had been cut into the floor so people could hide underneath, according to a news release from Sheriff John Root.

Deputies went to the mobile home 10 miles south of London to investigate a complaint of a possible methamphetamine lab, but they could not initially find two men who were reportedly inside.

In searching the mobile home, deputies found a trap door. Two men underneath were hidden so well that it took several hours to find them, according to the news release.

One was hidden in a low spot, and the other was in the metal frame of the mobile home, police said.

Police also found an active meth lab at the mobile home.

Police charged five people with making meth: Michael Cornett, 26, of London; Jessika Smith, 37, of Corbin; David Moore, 39, of Corbin; Lisa Smallwood, 49 of London; and Thomas Lawson, 39, of London.

Lawson and Moore, the two found hiding under the trailer, also were charged with resisting arrest and fleeing or evading police, and Smith and Smallwood were charged with hindering prosecution for not telling police.

Bill Estep: (606) 678-4655. Twitter: @billestep1.

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