Traffic stop in Laurel County leads to meth charges against three men

Three people were arrested on drug charges after a routine traffic stop in Laurel County late Monday night, Kentucky State Police said.

Police said that about 11:45 p.m., Sgt. Steve Walker stopped the driver of a 2006 Chevy Cobalt for ignoring a stop sign at the intersection of Ky. 312 and Ky. 363 in the community of Keavy.

Police said Walker arrested the driver, identified as Joshua Hays, 30, of Keavy, after determining that he was under the influence of some substance that impaired his driving.

Troopers said Walker also noticed a strong chemical odor coming from inside the vehicle. He investigated and found a methamphetamine lab, some finished meth, and chemicals and other items used in meth manufacturing, plus some marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Hays was charged with DUI, disregarding a stop sign, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and manufacturing methamphetamine, police said

Two passengers in the car, Michael Cunigan, 24, of Annville and Skye Stewart, 21, of McKee, also were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.