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PRESTONSBURG - Three Floyd County residents will be sentenced this week on charges related to the manufacturing of methamphetamine.


Mike Lowe, Ryan Lykins and Angela Shepherd will each be sentenced Thursday in Floyd County Circuit Court on at least one count of manufacturing methamphetamine as well as additional charges.


Mike Lowe, 42, of Prestonsburg, pleaded guilty last month to two counts of manufacturing methamphetamine. Manufacturing methamphetamine is a class B felony, and as part of the agreement, Lowe will serve 20 years in prison.


Lowe was arrested in March 2012 by Prestonsburg police, after officers received a call that there was an active meth lab operating in the Lancer area, behind the Sparkling Car Wash. An investigation into the complaint led officers to the lab, which had been setup on the riverbank


Lowe was arrested with William Shell, 35, of Prestonsburg. Shell pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count of manufacturing methamphetamine, and received a prison sentence of 10 years.


Lowe received his second count of manufacturing methamphetamine while out of jail on bond for the initial charge.


Lowe will also be sentenced Thursday on charges of first-degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking, and criminal mischief, as well as three counts of trafficking in a controlled substance in the first-degree.


Ryan A. Lykins, 29, and Angela Shepherd, 32, both of Hueysville, were all arrested late earlier this year in a small trailer near Hueysville, where several recently used “shake and bake” style meth labs were found.


Shepherd and Lykins were each arrested and charged with one count of manufacturing methamphetamine, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, and endangering the welfare of a minor. Shepherd’s last charge was amended during the arraignment to fourth-degree controlled substance endangerment to a child.


On Thursday, Lykins and Shepherd will each be sentenced for first degree manufacturing methamphetamine, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, and three counts of endangering the welfare of a minor.


Perkins said another individual was found in the trailer, but that he was cooperating with the investigation and would be charged later.


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