By Michael R. Moser
Two defendants entered guilty pleas to two separate incidents involving the manufacture of methamphetamine and received suspended sentences, according to court records.
Scotty Lee Meadows, 42, whose last known address was listed on Rock Quarry Rd., was facing two counts of initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine. He was scheduled to go on trial March 5.
The day before a jury was to be selected to hear evidence against him, Meadows changed his mind and pleaded guilty to two reduced charges of attempt to initiation the process to manufacture meth and received two consecutive four-year sentences, for a total of eight years.
Those sentences were suspended for supervised probation. Meadows was also fined $2,000.
In both charges against him, Cumberland County sheriff's investigators received confidential tips that meth was being made in clandestine labs at a residence on Rock Quarry Rd. Deputies responded, seized evidence and filed charges against Meadows.
In an unrelated case, Bradley James Norris, 19, had his pre-trial diversion terminated in promotion of the manufacture of methamphetamine and simple possession of marijuana cases because he failed to meet conditions relating to his probationary period.
The case was put back on the docket and Norris pleaded guilty to both counts and received a total of three years, suspended for supervised probation. Norris was also fined $150 and is to pay court costs.
In exchange for his guilty plea, a pending charge of criminal impersonation was dropped in General Sessions Court.
Crossville Police Officer Dustin Lester conducted a traffic stop on Norris' vehicle on July 23, 2011, resulting in the charges.