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December 7, 2012

Seven indicted on meth charges

In three separate cases

RICHMOND — Several methamphetamine-related indictments were handed down this week by a Madison grand jury. Seven people now face charges that could have them spending up to 20 years in prison, and in one particular case, the maximum of a life sentence.

Four people were arrested Sept. 28 after police were alerted they were purchasing meth precursors at Walmart.

William Steele Jr., 20 of McKee, Chrystal Slone, 33, Tiffany Turner, 40, and Sonya Gibson, 32, all of Berea, were arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.

The four were indicted Wednesday on the charge of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, and Steele had an added charge of second-degree persistent felony offender. That means his meth charge was escalated to a Class A felony, punishable by a maximum of life in prison.

Slone also was indicted for second-degree escape after being detained by police. When she was recaptured by police, a syringe was found on her person, which also added the charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

For the others, the conspiracy charge is a Class B felony, carrying a maximum sentence of 20 years.

Also facing meth charges are Gary Mullins and Billie Allen. The two face charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and second-degree fleeing or evading police after being arrested Oct. 19 by Madison County Sheriff’s deputies.

Mullins and Allen  possessed two or more chemicals or items of equipment used to manufacture meth and attempted to run when ordered to stop by Deputy Kevin Crutcher, according to the indictment.

If convicted, both could serve up to 20 years in prison.

Vincent E. Curtis was arrested Oct. 26 after police found him in the closet of a Turpin Drive residence.

Richmond police were investigating a complaint of meth being made in the area, which ended with police finding a one-step meth lab in an apartment, and later found Curtis inside a closet with a small bag of meth. Marijuana also was found in the apartment, according to police.

Curtis was indicted on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and first-degree persistent felony offender.

If convicted, he could spend a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Other indictments:

• Johnta S. Tye, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, falsely reporting an incident and possession of marijuana. If convicted on all charges, Tye could spend a maximum of 10 years in prison.

• William Creech, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (second offense), carrying a concealed deadly weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and failure to use turn signal. If convicted on all charges, Creech could spend a maximum of 10 years in prison.

• Chelsea Ruble, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, operating a motor vehicle while impaired and failure to maintain insurance. If convicted on all charges, Ruble could serve up to five years in prison.

• Billy Shearer, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (second offense), third-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and public intoxication. If convicted on all charges, Shearer could spend a maximum of 10 years in prison.

• Roger M. Million Jr., first-degree possession of a controlled substance and alcohol intoxication. If convicted on all charges, Million could serve up to five years in prison.

• Candi L. Wright, two counts of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, third-degree possession of a controlled substance, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to maintain insurance, failure to use child restraint. If convicted on all charges, Wright could spend up to 12 years and six months in prison.

• Adam Tribble, first-degree possession of a controlled substance. If convicted, Tribble could serve a maximum of five years in prison.

• Brandon W. Rice, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (second offense), third-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and operating a motor vehicle while impaired. If convicted on all charges, Rice could serve up to seven years in prison.

An indictment is a formal statement of charges and does not imply guilt.

Ronica Shannon can be reached at rshannon@richmondregister.com or 624-6608.

 

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