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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Wirtz man faces up to 80 years on meth charges
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Michael Lee Perdue

Friday, September 20, 2013

By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer

A Wirtz man faces up to 80 years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday in Franklin County Circuit Court to two charges related to the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Michael Lee Perdue, 25, pleaded guilty to possession of ingredients with intent to manufacture methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine.

A third charge of manufacturing methamphetamine was dismissed through a plea agreement.

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Robert Deatherage said the arrest and charges against Perdue resulted after 0.224 grams of methamphetamine were purchased from Perdue through a controlled buy arranged by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office on April 27.

During a search of Perdue's residence on Kingston Road the same day, investigators found ingredients used to make meth in a shed at the back of the mobile home where Perdue lived. Ingredients were also found in a wooded area at the back of the residence, Deatherage said.

Inside the residence, Deatherage said investigators found red pills in a bedroom that was determined to be meth after a chemical analysis was done.

Perdue's sentencing hearing is set for Nov. 14 at 3:30 p.m. Perdue will remain in jail without bond until the hearing.

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