POMEROY — After pleading guilty to the manufacture of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, Mark Russell was allowed time to visit his grandfather before he began serving his sentence.
Russell was arrested on Jan. 21 in Letart Falls, along with Terry Carmichael and Susan Evans-Goode, as a result of an investigation by Sgt. Robert A. Smith of the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office.
Smith testified during the trial for Evans-Goode that on Jan 21, while investigating a possible meth lab in the Racine area, he had been watching influx logs for unusual pseudoephedrine purchases in the area. The logs suggested suspicious activity that led him to a home on Bucktown Road.
According to Smith, when he knocked on the door, Russell answered the door. Smith advised him of what they were there for and asked permission to look around the property.
He testified that Carmichael and Evans-Goode were sitting on the floor with equipment normally used for smoking meth. He said he also saw Drano and tubing under the kitchen sink.
Having probable cause, he escorted Russell and the two females out of the house. Smith stated Russell had a weapon in his pants at that time.
In an agreement reached with Meigs County Prosecutor Colleen Williams July 8, Russell pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six years for the manufacture of methamphetamine and one year for possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Both sentences are to be served consecutively.
Russell requested he be allowed time to visit his grandfather before he began serving his sentence. According to the agreement, Russel was to report to the Meigs County Sheriff’s office on July 15. Failure to do so would result in re-sentencing.
Russell failed to appear on the agreed date, waiting instead until Friday, July 17, to turn himself over to sheriff’s deputies .
He is currently in the Middleport jail awaiting re-sentencing July 23.
Lorna Hart can be reached at 740-992-2551 EXT. 2155