A Green Hill couple has been sentenced to a half-year behind bars after being caught inside a rolling meth lab.
The couple, Jason William Hobbs, 32, and Susan Michele Hobbs, 32, both entered guilty pleas before Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to the charge of initiating the process to manufacture meth and were given identical sentences. They were ordered to serve 180 days of eight-year sentences, pay $2,000 plus costs, perform 40 hours public service work, and undergo drug and alcohol assessments. They have been released on time served.
They were arrested in the spring after being pulled over by Sheriff’s Sgt. Brad Myers for a vehicle light violation. The officer said the driver, Mrs. Hobbs, did not want to pull over for him in Newtown.
“It was around 10 p.m. when I saw the Dodge Neon with no headlights on pull out beside Hina Market,” Sgt. Myers said in his warrant. “She drove into the parking lot of the Meat Market to flee.”
Myers said he followed Hobbs until she ended up running her vehicle into a yard on Bridge Builders Road. When he approached the vehicle, the officer said he could smell the evidence.
“I could smell the strong odor of meth coming from inside the vehicle,” Myers swore in his warrants against the pair.
Myers said an initial search of the two once they were removed from the vehicle revealed 22-caliber rifle ammo in her pocket and 20 new coffee filters in his pocket. Coffee filters are often used in the filtration process of meth production.
A search of the car netted numerous items commonly used in the production and use of meth including glass pipes, a pound of lye, pill bottles with dark crystals in them, used coffee filters, crushed binders and digital scales.