LEXINGTON, KY - The U.S. Attorney’s Office, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Corbin City Police Department jointly announced today that a Barbourville, Ky., couple was convicted by a London jury Thursday of methamphetamine related charges.
The jury convicted Roscoe Dean Smith and his wife Darlene Smith, both 43, of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute at least 500 grams of a methamphetamine mixture and possession of equipment to manufacture methamphetamine in Knox and Laurel Counties.
In the course of the trial, the jury heard evidence that from 2008 until July 2011, the Smiths conspired with others to manufacture methamphetamine.
The couple had other individuals obtain pseudoephedrine to manufacture the meth and in exchange the Smiths either provided meth or cash. The Smiths made the meth at locations off Dan Westerfield Road in Laurel County, or in Barbourville, Ky. On November 16, 2010, law enforcement executed a search warrant at the Dan Westerfield Road location and discovered equipment used in the manufacture of meth.
Also, evidence was presented to the jury that Roscoe Smith talked about traveling out of state to obtain equipment to manufacture meth.
The investigation was conducted by the Two Rivers Task Force, the U.S. Forest Service and the Corbin City Police Department. The United States was represented in the case by Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael D. Pratt and Assistant U.S. Attorney Lee Gentry.
The Smiths are currently scheduled to appear for sentencing before United States District Court Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove in London, Ky., on July 12, 2012, at 2:30 p.m. They each face a minimum of 10 years in prison. However, any sentence following conviction would be imposed by the court after consideration of the United States Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statute governing the imposition of sentences.