Sheriff: Meth found hidden in children's playhouse
A two-month long investigation into drug trafficking ended with three people arrested Sunday.
Knox County and Laurel County Sheriff's deputies went to a home on Garland Cemetery Road in Gray, where they had a warrant to search a camper on the property.
Deputies arrested the man living inside the camper, John Helton, on a Whitley County warrant. During the arrest, they found a bag of meth in his possession. A search of the camper uncovered another pound of meth, a small amount of marijuana, digital scales, three loaded handguns and $800 cash.
Another woman on the property, Nursilla Anita Helton-Fox, was arrested as well.
During the investigation, deputies learned of a connection to a home on Highway 1223 in Corbin. When they searched the home, they found 2 pounds of crystal meth hidden in a playhouse used by four children. They also found $8,000 in cash in the home.
Patsy Hopkins was arrested at the second home.
Helton, 44, faces previous charges of drug trafficking and persistent felony offender, along with new charges of drug trafficking, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of marijuana.
Helton-Fox, 39, faces drug trafficking and possession of drug paraphernalia charges.
Hopkins, 63, faces charges of drug trafficking, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia and four counts of wanton endangerment.