November 9, 2012

Meth maker pleads to 10-year sentence

Lab found near E.B. school

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — A London man who made meth just yards from a school is facing a 10-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to that charge.

William Bryan Robinson, 55, pled guilty to manufacturing methamphetamine on Jan. 6 at a residence on School Street in East Bernstadt. He is scheduled for sentencing on Nov. 26 in Laurel Circuit Court. He could have faced a maximum of 41 years for making meth, trafficking in a controlled substance, resisting arrest, and possession of marijuana, plus an enhanced sentence for second-degree persistent felony offender. The plea agreement specifies that Robinson will have to repay a portion of the cost of cleaning up the meth lab, estimated at $2,407.

Robinson and Debbie Jones, 55, of Old Whitley Road, were arrested at the scene and were indicted in February.

The strong odor of methamphetamine prompted a call to Laurel County Sheriff’s officials, who arrived at the School Street residence just before 1 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 6. Robinson allegedly answered the door to their knocking, donned in a mask. Robinson, who listed an address of Riviera Lane in London, immediately slammed the door and locked it while Jones ran out the back.

Deputies made entry into the two-story home and found Robinson hiding in a rear bedroom where the fumes from the processing chemicals nearly overcame officers assisting at the scene.

A search of the home revealed numerous items used to make meth including lithium strips, Coleman fuel, salt, drain cleaner and two plastic bags that contained a substance believed to be methamphetamine. Cash and marijuana were also found in the search.

Jones’s case remains on schedule for a jury trial. She was released after a $10,000 fully secured (or $20,000 property bond) was posted on Feb. 17. Jail records indicate Robinson was held under a $2,500 cash bond and was released on April 27.

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