7 sentenced in relation to meth manufacturing in Montgomery County; 5 more charged

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CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) - Montgomery County Commonwealth's Attorney Mary Pettitt announced that 30-year-old Travis Radford of Christiansburg entered a guilty plea today in court to 28 counts involving the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Following the plea agreement, Radford was sentenced to serve 14 years in prison with an additional 26 years suspended and to pay a fine of $300.

On October 4, 2016, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office and Town of Christiansburg Police Department received a search warrant for 4320 Cumberland Drive in Christiansburg.

In the basement of the residence police found multiple items associated with the manufacture and sale of methamphetamine.

Officials also found evidence of methamphetamine in a shed where 20 grocery bags were discovered.

In each bag, there was evidence of a separate methamphetamine cook conducted between July 1, 2016 and October 14, 2016, which was determined from the receipts and Radford's notations on some empty pseudoephedrine boxes.

14 one pot reaction vessels were seized from the scene.

Based on the evidence seized, police estimated 176 grams of usable finished methamphetamine could have been produced with a street value of $17,000.

Radford was interviewed and said he learned to cook methamphetamine two and a half years ago.

He then stated that he has cooked methamphetamine once a week and started cooking in the shed sometime around June of 2016.

In a later interview he said he would cook twice a week to get the supply up.

Radford stated that he would always cook with 40-year-old Jackie Linkous Jr. of Christiansburg, and would split the finished product with Linkous.

Other friends would bring him pseudoephedrine in exchange for either cash or a half a gram of methamphetamine.

Radford also made pipes to sell at trade shows and smoke shops, and said he personally used a half a gram of methamphetamine a day.

Investigation into the receipts and corresponding pseudo logs led to the identity of 11 individuals who were involved in the operation at Radford's residence.

Linkous was convicted of two counts of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, six counts of accessory before the fact to manufacturing and two counts of manufacturing methamphetamine.

Linkous was sentenced to 50 years in prison with 40 years suspended and a $200 fine.

Jerry Ray Vaught, 54, of Christiansburg was convicted of accessory before the fact to manufacturing and was sentenced to 10 years with eight years and three months suspended.

Justin Scott Robinson, 24, of Christiansburg was convicted of accessory before the fact to manufacturing and sentenced to five years all suspended.

Pamela Sue Akers, 51, of Riner was charged with possession of a schedule II controlled substance and given a deferred disposition based on participation in a drug treatment program and supervised probation.

Tim Wayne Radford, 48, of Christiansburg, was convicted of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and accessory before the fact to manufacturing. Tim Radford was sentenced for 20 years with 18 suspended and a $200 fine.

Craig Steven Dowdy, 46, of Pilot was convicted of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and sentenced to 10 years with eight years and three months suspended.

Officials say that several others are awaiting trial.

Jesse Allan Thomas, 31, of Christiansburg was charged with 16 counts of conspiracy to manufacturing.

Trinity Michelle Allen, 20, of Christiansburg was charged with four counts of accessory before the fact to manufacturing.

Darrell Scott Akers Jr., 29, Shawsville was charged with eight counts of accessory before the fact to manufacturing and conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

Christopher Robert Bibb, 36, of Shawsville was charged with 20 counts of accessory before the fact to manufacturing and conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

Amber Nicole Reed, 28, of Shawsville entered a guilty plea too and was found guilty to conspiring to manufacture and four counts of accessory before the fact to manufacturing. Reed's sentencing is scheduled for October 26.

“Our community should be proud of the work done by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and Christiansburg Police in breaking up this drug ring,” said Pettitt. “We will continue to demand lengthy prison terms for those engaging in the dangerous manufacture of methamphetamine.”