Bell County Sheriff Bruce Bennett stated that local deputies received a complaint call in the morning hours of a disorderly, intoxicated female on Cross Lane in Brownies Creek.
Upon investigation of the residence, officers arrested 27-year-old George M. Cousino, Jr., and 30-year-old Thomas King Kirby, Jr. — both of the Miracle community — for manufacturing methamphetamine.
Both men were lodged in the Bell County Detention Center, and are currently awaiting arraignment in district court.
Sheriff Bennett confirmed that a full investigation will continue — with Bell Deputies B.J. Brock and Carl Frith working the case.
According to public records, Cousino was arrested by Kentucky State Police (KSP) officials in May of this year for manufacturing methamphetamine (first offense), possession of marijuana and second degree possession of a controlled substance (first offense).
He was also apprehended in March by the Middlesboro Police Department and charged with one count of theft by unlawful taking.
Likewise, Kirby has been arrested several times this year by KSP authorities and served with multiple bench warrants.
Anyone with a tip about drugs, or drug activity, can call the Sheriff’s Office at (606)-337-3102. All information will be kept confidential.
An arrest is an accusation only. Individuals arrested are considered to be innocent, unless proven guilty in a court of law.
Adam Young is a Staff Writer for the Middlesboro Daily News. He can be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.