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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Fax: 540-483-8013

Callaway man to serve 5 years on meth charges
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Frank Austin

Friday, July 19, 2013

By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer

A Callaway man will serve five years of a 20-year sentence for possession of methamphetamine.

Frank Wendell Austin, 40, pleaded guilty Monday in Franklin County Circuit Court to charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.

Through a plea agreement, Austin was sentenced to 10 years on each charge, with all but five years suspended.

Austin was also ordered to enter a therapeutic drug program. He will be on intensive probation for one year after he is released from prison and be of good behavior for 15 years. His driver's license was also suspended for 12 months.

The charges against Austin stemmed from a raid on a suspected meth lab in Rocky Mount last November.

Investigators raided the suspected methamphetamine lab at a residence on Walnut Street on Nov. 29, 2012.

Acting on a tip of suspicious activity at the residence, investigators were conducting surveillance, according to Lt. Todd Maxey with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office. During the surveillance, Sgt. Brandt Gawor observed several subjects fleeing the area, Maxey said. Gawor observed Austin inside the garage along with items associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Investigators obtained and executed a search warrant at the residence. With assistance from a special agent with the Virginia State Police, investigators seized bottles, funnels, chemicals and methamphetamine from the garage of the residence, Maxey said.

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