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Remaining 3 in meth lab case confess

Three remaining South Point residents involved in an apartment meth lab that was busted in March admitted their guilt Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Nathan Boyd, 24, and William Gore, 45, both of 223 Township Road 1186 Apt. 30, pleaded guilty to one count each of second-degree illegal manufacture of drugs. Gore also had a count of possession of drugs, which was dismissed.

Judge D. Scott Bowling sentenced both men to four years in prison, a $7,500 fine and suspended their driver’s licenses for six months.

Roberta Boyd, 43, also of 223 Township Road 1186 Apt. 30, pleaded guilty to a count of third-degree attempted illegal manufacture of drugs, which was amended from a second-degree illegal manufacture of drugs.

Bowling sentenced the woman to three years in prison, a $5,000 fine and a six-month driver’s license suspension.

Earlier this month, Tyler Adkins, 24, of the same address, was sentenced a count of third-degree attempted illegal manufacture of drugs. That charge was amended from a count of second-degree illegal manufacture of drugs. Bowling sentenced the man to 35 months in prison, suspended his driver’s license for six months and ordered him to pay a $5,000 fine.

Kimbralee Boyd, 22, also of the same address, was sentenced to treatment in lieu of conviction for a count of second-degree illegal manufacture of drugs. This means Boyd was able to plead guilty to the charge but punishment was delayed to allow her to seek drug treatment.

The apartment where the alleged meth lab was found was in the Lawrence Commons Apartment complex. 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.