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Meth-maker gets 5 years in prison

The last defendant in the county’s largest methamphetamine bust pleaded guilty Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Jason E. Reed, 34, of 3996 County Road 64, Willow Wood, pleaded guilty to a second-degree count of illegal manufacture of drugs.

Judge Charles Cooper sentenced the man to five years in prison, a $5,000 fine and a six-month driver’s license suspension.

Reed, along with Sherry White, 33, of the same address, were arrested April 3 following a tip to the adult probation department of suspected meth production.

Upon conducting a home check, adult probation officers and investigators with the Lawrence Drug and Major Crimes Task Force discovered several “one pot cooks” in the residence, as well as about 40 other inactive ones.

Deputies with the sheriff’s office and drug task force who are trained in meth cleanup searched and cleaned up the residence.

White pleaded guilty to the same charge in June and was also sentenced to five years in prison.

In other cases:

• Edward Hampton Jr., 36, of 2398 County Road 181, Ironton, pleaded guilty to a first-degree count of aggravated robbery. Cooper delayed sentencing until after the possible trial of co-defendant Jason Adams, who in under indictment for the same charge. A third co-defendant, Scott Lewis, pleaded guilty to the same charge in March.

• James Miller, 25, of 266 Township Road 209, Willow Wood, pleaded guilty to two second-degree burglary charges. Cooper set sentencing for July 16.

• Jason Burton, 31, of 2213 Sixth St., Portsmouth, was arraigned on one third- and two first-degree counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs (oxycodone), to which he pleaded not guilty.

Cooper set bond at $100,000 cash or surety and set a pretrial for July 16.

• James Barker, 33, of 8350 Grahn Road, Olive Hill, Ky., was arraigned on counts of third-degree illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, third-degree tampering with evidence and misdemeanor possession of drug abuse instruments, to which he pleaded not guilty.

Cooper set bond at $25,000 cash or surety and set a pretrial for July 9.

• Johnny Lewis, 31, of 103 Stanley St., Proctorville, was arraigned on three counts of fourth-degree grand theft of a motor vehicle, fourth-degree receiving stolen property, third-degree failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, two counts of fifth-degree harassment by an inmate and third-degree intimidation, to which he pleaded not guilty.

Cooper set bond at $100,000 cash or surety and set a pretrial for July 16.

• Zachary Fox, 18, of 2718 S. 11th St., Ironton, was arraigned on a third-degree count of failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, fourth-degree receiving stolen property and misdemeanor falsification, to which he pleaded not guilty.

Cooper set bond at $50,000 cash or surety and set a pretrial for July 16.

• Shelly Miller, 26, of 718 Mulberry St., Ironton, was arraigned on a third-degree count of harassment by an inmate, to which she pleaded not guilty. Cooper set bond at $20,000 cash or surety and set a pretrial for July 16.