Prestonsburg man pleads guilty to meth charges
by Jack Latta
PRESTONSBURG — A Floyd County man could spend the next 14 years in prison, after pleading guilty this week to two counts of manufacturing methamphetamine.
According to Commonwealth’s Attorney Brent Turner, Mike Lowe, 42, of Prestonsburg, pleaded guilty Monday 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 recieved 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 recieved a prison sentence of 10 years.
Lowe recieved his second count of manufacturing methamphetamine while out of jail on bond for the initial charge.
According to Turner, Lowe must serve at least 20 percent of his sentence before he can seek parole. Turner, however, says parole boards have stiffened against meth-related charges.
“They haven’t been as friendly to them when they’re manufacturing methamphetamine as one of the other charges,” Turner said.
Lowe will next appear in court at 9 a.m., Aug. 8, for formal sentencing.
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