Operating a meth lab in Lafayette County carries high penalties, as was shown on June 27 when Lafayette County Judge Harlow H. Land, Jr. handed down a 25 year sentence with the Department of Corrections, to Robert Byron Mullins, age 32. The sentence also carried 10 years probation, a $100,000 fine and designates Mullins as a habitual offender. Mullins was found guilty by six Lafayette County jurors on May 24 for trafficking in controlled substance (methamphetamine)/manufacturing methamphetamine/possession of controlled substance with the intent to sell or deliver/possession of listed chemical/conspiracy.

This was the first time a suspect charged with operating a meth lab was heard by a jury in the Third Judicial Circuit.

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