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Sentence handed down in drug case

Circuit Judge Jack Meigs sentenced John Ward recently for unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance, second degree.

Ward had pled guilty on July 28.

District Attorney Michael Jackson said he hopes the sentence will serve as an example to others involved with illegal narcotics.

“We are going to keep cracking down on these drug dealers and manufacturers who make and sell meth,” he said.

On Dec. 10, 2010, Cpl. C. King of the Alabama State Troopers performed a routine traffic stop of a 2003 Ford F-150 for an expired tag.

Upon approach, King said he observed three passengers inside identified as John Ward, Shelley Breed and David Pouncey.

King also noticed the vehicle had a distinct smell.

During a search of the vehicle King retrieved 91 red pills, six white pills, 20 white pills believed to be Loratadine, one white and red unknown pill, one clear plastic bag believed to contain meth, one plastic green bag believed to contain meth, two glass pipes with residue and a small tool with meth precursors in it.

Ward, Breed and Pouncey were arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance second degree, and possession and sale of precursor chemicals.

The Alabama Department of Forensic Science performed an analysis on the evidence collected and revealed the presence of methamphetamine and pseudoephedrine in the powder material.
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