Marlinton man sentenced in meth case
Clinton Eugene Buzzard was sentenced to two-to-10 years by Circuit Judge Frank Jolliffe Monday for manufacturing methamphetamine in Marlinton.
That sentence was suspended, and Jolliffe ordered that Buzzard serve six-to-24 months at Anthony Correctional Center.
Buzzard, 22, of Marlinton,ﾠ pleaded guilty to production of methamphetamine November 8.
In December, 2004, Buzzard was charged with two counts of conspiracy and two counts of operating a clandestine drug lab.
Two women were also charged in connection with the lab.
Angela Feury, 31, of Marlinton, and Donna Rider, 26, of Charlottesville, Virginia, each pleaded guilty to conspiracy to operate a clandestine methamphetamine lab in March, 2005. Both were placed on probation.
In September, 2004, Marlinton Police Chief E.L. Tinney was assisting an officer with the state Department of Health and Human Resources in an investigation into the well-being of some Marlinton children, according to a criminal complaint filed by Tinney.
In the course of the investigation, Tinney discoveredﾗ with Riderﾒs assistanceﾗa methamphetamine lab and raw materials in a house in Campbelltown, the report said.
That same month, then-deputy R.L. Sharp investigated calls from a Marlinton grocer that Buzzard bought books of matches, lye and fuel line antifreezeﾗknown ingredients for methamphetamineﾗtwice in the same day.
Upon further investigation, Sharp found that Buzzard had bought other ingredients, including alcohol, hydrogen peroxide and rock salt from other stores on or about the same day, according to a criminal complaint filed by the deputy.
As the investigation continued, Tinney learned that some methamphetamine manufacture also took place in Feuryﾒs home in Marlinton. At other times, Feury baby-sat for Rider while Rider and Buzzard concocted the drug at the house in Campbelltown, according to complaints filed by Tinney.
A month after he was charged in Pocahontas County Circuit Court, authorities in Alleghany County, Virginia, charged Buzzard with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of a controlled substance.
Buzzard pleaded guilty to both charges in November, 2005, and was sentenced to a total of six years on the charges. Four years of that sentence were suspended, and the Virginia judge ordered that Buzzard be placed on probation for three years after his release from prison.
The sentence imposed by Jolliffe this week will begin after Buzzard serves his sentence in Virginia.
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