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West given 13-year prison sentence
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A repeat meth offender was sentenced to 13 years in prison for making and selling the illegal drug.
The defendant, Shane Michael West, entered guilty pleas before Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to charges of promoting the manufacture of meth, initiating the process to manufacture meth, and delivery of meth. He was given nine years on the initiation and promotion charges, and four years on the delivery portion. The terms will be served consecutively for a combined sentence of 13 years.
His sentence comes for two meth cases starting with his arrest, along with four other co-conspirators, in what lawmen believe was a meth production ring. Investigators say some of the members of the conspiracy, a group that included Casey Bryan Gibbs, Kathey Pickle, Joey Pickle and Ashley Anderson, would travel around to various stores buying medicine containing psudoephedrine which is a major ingredient used in the making meth. The sale of products containing psudoephedrine are tracked and recorded. It was learned several of those arrested in the ring have long histories of purchasing psudoephedrine products.
Along with his bust in the meth ring, West was also hit with drug dealing charges as he was caught in one of the ongoing drug stings resulting in his drug delivery charges.
West will be eligible for parole after serving 30 percent of his sentence, meaning he could be out in just under four years.
In other drug sentences handed down by Judge Stanley:
• Mark Tidenburg was ordered to serve 10 days of an 11-29 sentence and pay $750 plus costs for simple possession of drugs.
• Mack Mullican Jr., was instructed to serve 180 days of a four-year sentence, pay $3,000 plus costs and perform 50 hours public service work for delivery of drugs.