On MFD’s discovery, Lt. Mike Hensley, Lt. David Buis, Sgt. Ben Spurlock and Sgt. Tom Busic from the Middlesboro Police Department, who are trained and certified to handle meth-related cleanups, were called to the scene to begin breaking the meth lab down.
Meth ingredients such as drain cleaner, brake fluid and rat poison help compile the dangerous substance. And when the ingredients are combined, they can ignite, causing explosions, fires and the release of toxic fumes, much like the lab on Chester Avenue
For these reasons, and due to the prominent dangers surrounding a meth lab, South Chester Avenue was closed to thru traffic between the hours of 3:35 a.m. until 2:52 p.m. During this time, officers worked to separate and neutralize chemicals used in the process of manufacturing methamphetamine. Ultimately, officials from the Early Environmental Contracting out of Shelbyville, Ky., were contacted to properly dispose of the waste materials from the bust.
As a result, Henry Allen Frank Capps, age 31, and Julie Elain Marsee Capps, age 37, both of Middlesboro, were arrested at their home and charged with manufacturing meth. Both were lodged in the Bell County Detention Center, where no bond has been set.
Officer Joey Brigmon is in charge of the meth lab investigation and is expecting additional arrests to be made as more information pertaining to this bust is gathered.
Residents with any type of information regarding illegal drug activity are urged to contact MPD at (606) 248-3636. All callers and tips will remain anonymous.
Sarah Miracle is a staff writer for the Daily News. She can be contacted via e-mail at email@example.com.