By MELINDA WILLIAMS
A Radford woman will have to serve more than three years in prison for manufacturing methamphetamine.
Under a plea agreement with prosecutors, Joyce Ann Furrow, 35, recently pleaded guilty to one count of manufacturing methamphetamine and one count of possession of cocaine. A second methamphetamine manufacturing charge was nolle prosequi (not prosecuted with the option to re-file).
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Skip Schwab said the cocaine charge stemmed from drugs found inside Furrow’s purse when police were serving a warrant on her in September 2011.
The methamphetamine charge was filed after police responded to Furrow’s ex-husband’s residence on a trespassing complaint, said Schwab. He said authorities noticed a “strong odor of chemicals” and, given permission to look around, “found a bottle that appeared to be in the process of manufacturing methamphetamine.”
Laboratory analysis identified the substance as containing methamphetamine, Schwab added.
Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Marcus Long Jr. sentenced Furrow to one year, suspended, on the cocaine conviction and suspended her driving privileges for six months.
Furrow received a 10-year-sentence on the methamphetamine conviction, with all but three years, three months suspended. She also was fined $100, ordered to make restitution for the costs associated with decontaminating the property, and her driving privileges were suspended for another six months.
She will be placed on five years of probation upon release from custody.