Warrant arrest made for meth charges
A rural Clay County man was recently arrested on a warrant for allegations of operating a methamphetamine lab and dealing meth in an undisclosed area near Saline City.
According to information provided by the Clay County Justice Center, Norman E. Taylor Jr., 40, Center Point, was booked into the facility Saturday on an allegation of meth dealing.
On Monday, Taylor appeared before Clay Circuit Court Judge Joseph Trout to be formally charged by the Clay County Prosecutor's Office with class B felony dealing methamphetamine, two class D felonies of possession of chemical reagents and possession of methamphetamine and two class A misdemeanors of possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.
If convicted of a class B felony, the highest charge filed against Taylor at this time, the advisory sentence issued by the state for a guilty conviction/plea agreement ranges from 6-20 years in prison and potential fines up to $10,000. The advisory sentence issued for each class D felony conviction is six-months-3 years in prison and potential fines up to $10,000, while the sentencing range for a class A misdemeanor conviction is up to one year incarceration and a $5,000 fine for each conviction.
Requesting to speak with counsel before entering a plea, the court appointed Geoffrey Creason to represent Taylor and entered a preliminary plea of not guilty on his behalf.
A jury trial was tentatively scheduled for Jan. 5, 2010.
Facing a $25,000 cash bond (with no 10 percent allowed), jail officials confirmed Taylor remains incarcerated while awaiting further court proceedings.