FLATWOODS, Ky. (WSAZ) -- The Flatwoods summer meth cleanup continues -- well into August.
On Tuesday, officers swept into a home along Indian Run Road where they say they found a fresh batch of meth, cooking away in an active meth lab.
Neighbors say this one really caught them by surprise.
There it was -- right in front of the house. A big, bold yard sign to serve as an in-your-face reminder that the FADE Drug Task Force is hard at work in local neighborhoods.
Flatwoods Police Chief Kraig Hankins' department has been working side-by-side with FADE to eradicate narcotics, with meth labs getting particular attention. But it is ironic that officers swept into this house Tuesday, seemingly cloaked from detection by the sign -- only to discover an active meth lab.
Jessica Sammons of Wurtland, and Ryan Cornwell of Ashland, who were sharing the home with another person, are charged with manufacturing meth. Police were tipped off by the other resident. And while this has been a busy summer of drug busts around town, neighbors along Indian Run Road in Flatwoods were caught off guard.
"I saw police everywhere and I knew something was going on," said Thomas Evans. "So I asked my friend Joe, and he told me it was a meth lab. And I was like, 'Oh, God! Just what we need in our neighborhood.' "
The signs of a crackdown on an undeniable epidemic will continue to be seen.
"Ten years ago -- five years ago -- you could walk down this street," another neighbor said. "But anymore, you can't."