Man pleads to meth charges
by TOM DOTY
PRESTONSBURG - A Stambaugh man pleaded guilty to manufacturing methamphetamine in circuit court on Friday upon a recommendation from prosecutors that he serve 10 years in jail.
Steven Salyer, 37, was arrested on April 25, 2005, when he and Patricia Meade, of Oil Springs, were leaving the Rite Aid Pharmacy and exiting onto University Drive. Prestonsburg police officer Ralph Frasure was watching the couple leave after getting a report from the Food City, across the street, that the pair had been in there trying to purchase large amounts of Sudafed which is a key ingredient to manufacturing meth.
Frasure observed that the car they were operating failed to signal its turn and he promptly pulled them over into the B.P. Station's parking lot. He noted that Meade pushed something under the passenger seat and could observe three Mason jars in the back seat which were filled with a greenish liquid that turned out ot be meth in its liquid state.
Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Wayne Taylor observed that, due to the drug's volatile nature, a special task force had to be brought in to collect the evidence, which included enough supplies to make more meth.
"It's a dubious situation to get involved with this substance for the manufacturers, who could easily be blown up by it during the cooking phase," Taylor said. "It's even deadlier to those who use it and has been known to cause brain damage."
Salyer will be formally sentenced July 28. He was allowed to remain free over the weekend to give the news to his child, as was Meade, who received the same sentence in April. Salyer's delay in entering a plea was due to his checking into a rehabilitation program, which he completed before coming to court.
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