Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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February 17, 2010

Meth pleas draw prison sentences

Three defendants accused in separate incidents of being involved in the clandestine manufacture of methamphetamine pleaded guilty last week in Cumberland County Criminal Court and received sentences to be served in the Department of Corrections.

Charles David Trisdale, 23, was charged with the Class C felony of initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine, stemming from his arrest last September that stemmed from a traffic stop.

Trisdale was observed by Crossville Police Ptl. Mark Steinmann traveling on West Ave. The officer was aware of an outstanding summons for Trisdale for court and stopped the vehicle. The summons was served and Trisdale was released.

A short time later an ambulance was called to a Malver Dr. address and the resulting investigation led police to seize a meth lab from a shed behind the residence.

Trisdale exited the shed as police approached and was taken into custody.

Trisdale pleaded guilty to attempted initiation of the process to manufacture meth and received a five-year, six-month prison sentence, to be served concurrent with a probation violation sentence from General Sessions Court.

He will receive credit for 32 days already served.

Anthony E. Britton, 39, was charged with initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine and pleaded guilty to attempt to manufacture meth and received a three-year prison sentence with credit for time served since Nov. 25.

Nothing is known about the circumstances surrounding this case.

Justin Lee Hale, 29, whose last known address was listed as Sycamore Dr., was charged with the D felony promotion of the manufacture of methamphetamine, stemming from a traffic stop Dec. 29 by Deputy Chuck Hennessee. Hale was a passenger in a 1995 Pontiac traveling Hwy. 127 S that had no working tail lights.

At the time he was also served a warrant for violation of probation and two attachments for failure to appear.

Hale pleaded guilty to the charge and received a two-year and one-day sentence to be served in prison.

He will receive 45 days credit for time served.

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