Jack LattaStaff Writer
September 27, 2012
PRESTONSBURG - Two of three people indicted for manufacturing methamphetamine in the David area earlier this year are going to prison, after pleading guilty.
Randall Hicks, 24, of David, will receive 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to making meth. Hicks was arrested in February when a Floyd County sheriff’s deputy, attempting to serve a warrant, found an active meth lab. Deputies were there to serve a warrant on Hicks related to charges of criminal trespassing when they noticed a strong charcoal smell emanating from the home.
According to the police report, when deputies entered the home, they “saw a syringe loaded with a brown liquid and also saw several small baggies containing white powder.” Deputies said a strong chemical smell was coming from the bathroom, and asked Hicks if there was an active meth lab in the residence. Deputies said Hicks answered that, “there was two cold labs and that he had cooked meth that day in the house.”
Ronnie Hicks, 46, of David, was also arrested at the scene, and will spend three years in prison following his guilty plea to facilitating the manufacture of meth.
Floyd County Commonwealth’s Attorney Arnold Brent Turner said laws regarding meth-related offenses have stiffened in the last couple of years.
“We try to get a significant sentence when the evidence is there to prove it,” Turner said.
Turner said his office is seeing more and more meth-related offenses. “We do what we can to deter them by seeking longer sentences.”
Teresa H. Moore, 47, of David, who was also found in the home, was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, manufacturing methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a meth precursor, first-degree wanton endangerment. No plea arrangement has been made with Moore.