An Evarts man was sentenced to a total of seven years in prison in Harlan Circuit Court on Friday for charges including possession of methamphetamine.
David Ball, 31, appeared with his attorney Chris Miniard in front of Harlan Circuit Judge Kent Hendrickson. Commonwealth’s Attorney Parker Boggs and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jonathon Lee were in court for the state.
Ball was sentenced on charges stemming from his arrest on July 23, 2015.
According to a press release issued shortly after Ball’s arrest, then Benham City Police Department Officer (current Benham City Police Chief) Ryan Shepherd executed a traffic stop on a 1992 black Pontiac Sunfire for crossing the double yellow line into the oncoming lane of traffic at Rite Aid in Cumberland. While speaking with the driver of the vehicle, Shepherd noticed that he was allegedly “manifestly under the influence of narcotics/drugs” and a strong odor was coming from the vehicle. Shepherd then asked the driver and passengers to exit the vehicle. Shepherd noticed what appeared to be three meth labs in the passenger side, front floorboard of the vehicle. Upon searching the vehicle, Shepherd confirmed that it was three active meth labs he observed in the vehicle, along with a large amount of meth precursors used to manufacture methamphetamine.
Ball was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, second offense, unlawful possession of a meth precursor, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The driver and two other occupants of the vehicle were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a meth precursor.
According to the final judgment order, Ball entered a plea of guilty on Feb. 1 to an amended charge of first-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of a meth precursor. Charges of carrying a concealed weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia and persistent felony offender were dismissed.
Hendrickson sentenced Ball to a total of seven years in prison and remanded him into custody.
In other court activity, Bethany D. Gooden, 38, of Pineville, was sentenced to a total of three years in prison for second- and third-degree trafficking a controlled substance.
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