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Assault investigation leads to huge meth bust

From Laurel County Sheriff John Root

Laurel Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Chris Edwards along with Sgt. John Inman arrested three individuals early Wednesday morning January 9, 2019 at approximately 4:04 AM.

The arrests occurred following an investigation conducted after a female assault victim was brought to Corbin Healthcare Hospital for treatment following an alleged incident where her boyfriend had apparently fired a weapon(rifle)multiple times in the vicinity of the victim.

In addition, it was learned through investigation that the accused had also sprayed the female victim with a fire extinguisher and then had struck her in the back and side with the fire extinguisher canister causing injury. During the investigation deputies conducted a search at the residence, 16 miles west of London where the incident occurred and found the accused in possession of a large amount of suspected crystal methamphetamine(over 40 grams). Two female subjects located at the residence were determined to be under the influence and were arrested.

The three arrested individuals were identified as: • boyfriend of the victim – Nathan Lewis Hale age 38 of Loretta lane, London charged with wanton endangerment – first-degree; trafficking in a controlled substance – first-degree – second offense – 2 grams of methamphetamine or more; assault – 4th degree.

• Angela Diane Bowman age 35 of Upper Rader Rd., Manchester charged with public intoxication – controlled substances – stated took meth the night before.

• Cynthia Michelle Smith age 36 of Elisha Feltner Rd., London charged with public intoxication – controlled substances – stated she took meth the night before; also charged on a Laurel District Court warrant of arrest charging escape – second-degree; theft by failure to make required disposition – this subject allegedly removed her home incarceration bracelet while serving 120 days. In addition, this subject was charged on a Laurel District Court bench warrant of arrest charging revoked probation -tested positive for meth regarding charges of theft by unlawful taking – shoplifting under $500.

All three individuals were lodged in the Laurel County detention center. Photos of accused attached is courtesy of the Laurel County detention center. Photo of contraband seized attached to this report.

Assisting on the arrest and investigation for the Laurel County Sheriff’s office was: Deputy Gary Mehler, Deputy Josh Scott, and Deputy Daniel Grigsby. Also assisting was Kentucky State Police.

Sheriff Root stated that Drug investigations will continue by the Laurel County Sheriff's Office.

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