|William Jones faces a maximum of 120 years in prison|
Investigators seized equipment, ingredients and materials used in the manufacture of methamphetamine during a raid at a Wirtz residence in April.
Friday, August 17, 2012
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer
A Wirtz man pleaded no contest Thursday in Franklin County Circuit Court to three felony charges in connection with a police raid on a methamphetamine lab on Brooks Mill Road in April.
William Henry Jones, 42, pleaded no contest to manufacturing methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine and possession of ingredients with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine.
Two other felony charges, child neglect and manufacturing methamphetamine with a child present in the dwelling, were dismissed.
A no contest plea is a form of a guilty plea.
In summarizing the evidence against Jones, Franklin County Commonwealth's Attorney Tim Allen said a confidential informant working with Franklin County Sheriff's Office investigators was given $100 to purchase methamphetamine from Jones at the Brooks Mill Road residence. The informant was wired with a recording device.
Some time after the purchase was made, a search warrant was executed, Allen said. Jones was at the residence when the search was done, along with two adult females and two juveniles. No one else was charged in connection with the case.
In the basement of the residence, investigators seized equipment, ingredients and materials used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, along with a white, powdery substance that was determined to be methamphetamine, according to Sgt. Tim Taylor with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.
The Virginia State Police Tactical Team and special agents assisted the sheriff's office with the investigation and execution of the search warrant.
Jones faces a maximum of 120 years in prison on the three felony charges. His sentencing hearing is set for Oct. 2 at 11:30 a.m. Jones is being held in the Western Virginia Regional Jail without bond.