HAZARD – Authorities charged a Hazard man with manufacturing meth this week after a one-step meth lab was allegedly found inside his residence in Lothair.
The Hazard Police Department received a tip Tuesday evening that a man identified as Christopher A. Minks was in possession of a one-step lab inside his bedroom on 516 Mulberry Street, where he lived with his parents, according to a press release from the Hazard Police Department.
Officers with the department, along with authorities from the Division of Probation and Parole, later located an amount of suspected meth, drug paraphernalia, and what appeared to be a one-step meth lab.
One-step labs, also known as the shake-and-bake method, utilize a plastic soda bottle to contain the chemical reaction in which methamphetamine is produced. There was no reaction taking place inside the bottle when officers arrived on the scene, noted Lt. Randy Napier with the Hazard Police Department, though the presence of the lab was a point of concern. There have been several instances of one-step labs bursting into flame once oxygen came into contact with the chemicals inside.
Napier said Minks was cooperative with authorities and admitted the lab was his, while officials with the Kentucky State Police drug task force were contacted for clean-up of the scene and proper disposal of the lab.
“It wasn’t actually cooking at the time,” Napier said of the meth lab. “He said he cooked yesterday (Monday), still it was dangerous so they collected it, got a sample for a meth collection kit so it could sent off to the lab, and they disposed of it.”
Cases of manufacturing meth aren’t common in the city of Hazard, Napier said, adding this was the first manufacturing case he has worked in his career. Most drug cases in the city have concerned the prescription pill problem or marijuana. He said he expects with this arrest the department could begin receiving more tips about possible meth activity.
Minks, meanwhile, was arrested and charged with manufacturing a meth, a Class B felony that carries a maximum of 20 years in prison. He was additionally charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.