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Two arrests in Laurel County during a drug investigation

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Laurel County, KY - Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting that: Laurel Sheriff's Detective Jason Back, along with Capt. Chuck Johnson, Lieut. Greg Poynter, and Deputy Bryon Lawson arrested two individuals on Friday afternoon January 5, 2018 at approximately 4:32 PM.

The arrest occurred off Jervis Road, approximately 5 miles west of London after the Sheriff's office received a drug complaint and conducted a drug investigation there--- detectives and deputies noted that a three-year-old male answered the door and when he did they detected the odor of marijuana.

Detectives and deputies discovered 2 adults caring for a three-year-old, a two-year-old and a 16-year-old.

Deputies located the 2 adults in possession of suspected crystal meth, and 2 glass pipes and learned through investigation that the two adults there had allegedly smoked meth and marijuana while the children were under their supervision.

Arrested was:

  • Emmit Lee Waddle age 50 of Jervis Road, London charged with possession of a controlled substance – first-degree – second offense – methamphetamine; possession of drug paraphernalia; two counts of criminal abuse first-degree – child 12 or under; and criminal abuse – first-degree.
  • Karen Keith age 53 of Falls City Road, London charged with two counts of criminal abuse – first-degree – child 12 or under and possession of marijuana.
  • These two individuals were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

    The children were released to other family members.

    Photos attached are courtesy of the Laurel County Detention Center.

    Laurel County Sheriff John Root stated that "Drug investigations will be continuing."

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