GALLIPOLIS — Kathy Layne, 48, was sentenced in mid-November to five years in prison for the illegal production of methamphetamine.
The Daily Tribune originally ran the story detailing the crime in question July 21 earlier in the year.
“Officers with the Village of Rio Grande Police Department were alerted to the production of methamphetamine in a local motel room located inside the village of Rio Grande,” said Gallia County Prosecutor Jeff Adkins. “Officers responded to the room, made entry, and located an active meth cook taking place inside the motel room rented by Kathy Layne and another female. The motel was then evacuated for the safety of everyone inside and near the structure. The Rio Grande Fire Department, Gallia County EMS, Gallia County Sheriff’s Office, and the Gallipolis Police Department arrived on scene to assist and to neutralize the active cook. These ‘one-pot shake-and-bake cooks’ are highly combustible and present a serious danger to those near them.”
In the rooms, officers discovered bags containing items necessary for the production of the drug, including salt, sulfuric acid, lithium batteries, sodium hydroxide, rubber tubing and coffee filters. Two vessels were found inside the room and liquid used in the production process of the drug.
“This liquid tested positive for methamphetamine. The defendant then spoke to officers and informed them that she and another individual were producing methamphetamine inside of the motel room and travelling to stores in the area purchasing Sudafedrine for use in the cooks,” said Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Britt Wiseman.
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Eric Mulford noted the event was not Layne’s first run-in with the criminal justice system for drug activity. She has had prior convictions for drug trafficking and possession in Scioto County.
“Based thereon, the state negotiated a plea agreement wherein the defendant pleaded guilty to one count of illegal production of methamphetamine and is to serve five years in state prison and pay a fine of $7,500. There remains an open case involving the co-defendant of Kathy Layne.”
“The Village of Rio Grande wants to thank our community for the information that led to the arrest,” said Rio Grande Police Chief Chris Dodson. “We also appreciate the support for the Rio Grande Fire Department, Gallia County Sheriff’s Office, and Gallipolis Police Department who assisted. This conviction helps in making our entire community safer.”
“I just want the people of Rio to know that we will be sending a strong message because we will not tolerate drug dealers bringing their poison into our town,” Matt Easter, mayor of Rio Grande, said earlier in the year. He said Rio Grande officials intend to pursue drug offenders to the fullest extent of the law.
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.