What is operating a meth lab to you? To Ronald L. Scoggins, it’s worth 22 years in prison. Scioto County Common Pleas Judge William T. Marshall sentenced Scoggins, 33, of McDermott, to 22 years in prison for manufacturing mathamphetamine.
After a two-day trial, a jury took only one hour to convict Scoggins of a five count indictment charging him with aggravated possession of meth, aggravated trafficking in meth, illegal manufacture of meth, illegal possession of chemicals for the manufacture of meth, and endangering children.
According to the testimony presented by the Scioto County Prosecutor’s Office, on March 4, 2015, Scioto County Adult Probation officers received information of meth use by a probationer on Wright’s Run Road. Probation officers and Southern Ohio Drug Task Force officers said they went to the residence and discovered a Nissan vehicle belonging to Scoggins girlfriend parked in a driveway with the motor running and the doors locked. When officers looked int the car, officers said they saw, in plain view, an active one-pot meth lab in the center console of the vehicle. In addition, the lab was reportedly found less than 100 feet from a home where a seven-month-old child and his mother were napping.
According to testimony by witnesses, Scoggins fled shortly before the officers’ arrival. A search of the vehicle revealed three active one pot meth labs and two depleted meth labs as well as a large quantity of chemicals used in the manufacture of meth.
What complicated matters for Scoggins, authorities said he left his driver license behind in his girlfriend’s car. Scoggins remained on the run for several months until he was arrested earlier this year by Scioto County Sheriff’s deputies.
Scoggins has previously served prison sentences for illegal possessions of meth chemicals in Fayette County in 2005 and illegal possession of meth chemicals in Clermonth County in 2011. A Scioto County trial for auto theft and two counts of felonious assault on sheriff’s deputies, is also pending. Scoggins sentence includes 19 years of mandatory service before he can be considered for any type of release.
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