UPDATED: Meth lab, bomb found at Canadatown residence; three arrested
A home visit by probation and parole officers led law enforcement to a bomb and an active meth lab in Canadatown Friday afternoon.
Williamsburg Police Chief Wayne Bird said probation and parole officers went to the home of Lisa Ball, 49 and Daniel Moser, 41 at 421 Nannie Hubbard Road.
“Moser was on state parole,” Bird said. “As part of that parole, officers are required to do a home visit.”
Bird said the probation officer initially discovered the active one-step meth lab in the bedroom of the home and contacted Williamsburg Police. As officers continued the search, Williamsburg Police K-9 Officer Brandon Prewitt located the bomb.
“It is an ammonia-nitrate based explosive,” Bird said, adding that neither Ball, Moser, or the third individual found at the residence, Jerry White, made any comment as to the purpose of the bomb.
Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms were called to the scene.
Three neighboring residences, with about eight individuals, were evacuated as a precaution, while the area was searched for additional bombs. Bird said none had been located.
Woodbine and Goldbug firefighters were also called to block off the area while the Kentucky State Police Bomb Squad defused the bomb.
“We had to let the bomb squad defuse the bomb before emergency management could move in and secure the meth lab,” Bird said.
In addition, Bird said several dogs were found at the home. Whitley County Animal Control was called to take the animals. Bird described them as lap dogs, but said with Ball, Moser and White all being arrested, police did not want to leave the dogs locked up in the house.
Bird added that police have been to this residence before on drug-related complaints.
“We were out here about two months ago, looking for a meth lab,” Bird said. “Moser fled the scene at that time and we had been unable to locate him.”
Ball, Moser and White were each lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine.
Bird said there is no state statute concerning the illegal possession of explosives.
“Those charges will be up to the ATF agents in federal court,” Bird said.
Bird said law enforcement and emergency personnel cleared the scene by 6:20 p.m., at which time residents were permitted to return to their homes.
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