Four arraigned for alleged ‘shake-and-bake’ meth lab

Published 9:32 am Thursday, April 4, 2013

The residents of a South Point apartment accused of making meth were arraigned Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Nathan D. Boyd, 24, Roberta Boyd, 43, Tyler Adkins, 24, and William Gore, 45, all of 223 Township Road 1186 Apt. 30, were arraigned on one count each of second-degree illegal manufacture of drugs. Gore was also arraigned on a fifth-degree count of possession of drugs (morphine).

All four pleaded not guilty.

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Brigham Anderson, Lawrence County Prosecutor, asked that bond be set at $50,000 cash or surety for each defendant because they pose a danger to themselves and the public.

Judge D. Scott Bowling also added a $50,000 own-recognizance bond to each defendant’s bond and set pretrials for April 24.

A fifth co-defendant, Kimbralee Boyd, 22, of the same address, was also indicted with a charge of illegal manufacture of drugs. She is expected to be arraigned next week.

The second-degree felony charge carries up to eight years in prison, up to a $15,000 fine, driver’s license suspensions and post-release control.

The apartment where the alleged meth lab was found was in the complex of the Lawrence Commons Apartments. The defendants were arrested in March after the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous call about a strange odor coming from the residence.

The deputies found a 20-ounce soda bottle, rubber tube and several ingredients commonly used to make meth, according to a release from the sheriff’s office. A deputy confirmed that meth was actively cooking inside the bottle.

In other cases:

• Stewart Sherman, 21, of 2146 County Road 55, Ironton, and Candice Puckett, 20, of 1109 Storms Alley, Ironton, were each arraigned on a count of second-degree burglary, to which they both pleaded not guilty.

Bowling set bond at $20,000 cash or surety plus $20,000 OR bonds.

Sherman and Puckett will return for pretrials on April 24.