Lothian man gets year for running meth lab

CRIME WATCH

March 25, 2006|By ANNIE LINSKEY

A man charged with operating a methamphetamine production lab in Lothian was sentenced yesterday to one year in jail by Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Joseph P. Manck.

Robert Kevin Shallcross, 50, of Lothian, pleaded guilty to possessing equipment for manufacture of methamphetamine.

Before sentencing Shallcross, Manck said that meth "is moving across the United States. ... I want a message going out that with meth, you will go to jail."

During the hearing, Assistant State's Attorney Virginia Miles said manufacturing or "cooking" meth is a highly volatile process that can endanger the cooks and those who live near them.

Manck sentenced Shallcross to five years in prison but suspended four years. He also sentenced Shallcross to three years' supervised probation and drug treatment.

Shallcross is the first defendant in recent memory to plead guilty to a meth charge in an Anne Arundel County court. Four other people accused of being associated with two other meth labs uncovered in the county last year were charged in federal court.

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