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Larry Lee Waybright and Crystal Lynn Powers were both convicted on Feb. 24, in Westmoreland County Circuit Court of charges arising from an extensive investigation of two methamphetamine labs in Westmoreland County.
The authorities got wind of possible methamphetamine manufacture because of a letter intercepted by a corrections officer at Haynesville Correctional Center referring to the manufacture of methamphetamine. A follow-up investigation led police to laboratories at the homes of Larry Lee Waybright and a neighbor who is yet to be tried.
A confidential informant under the control of the police was sent to Waybright’s home to buy drugs. Initially he bought Xanax. Then Waybright started to brag about the manufacture of methamphetamine. He offered to get meth for the confidential informant, which he did. Three days later, the informant returned and purchased more meth.
Police had maintained a surveillance which supported the information that the owner of the second house was the primary producer of the drugs. A search warrant was issued for the home and surrounding buildings at Waybrights and at the other house which was next door. Police found several items used in the manufacture of meth and subsequent lab reports confirmed the presence of meth residue on some of the products. Chief among the items used to produce meth was Sudafed, and , as the investigation continued, eight or nine other people were arrested for buying Sudafed for the manufacturers in exchange for drugs for themselves. Among those people was Crystal Lynn Powers.
Waybright was convicted of conspiracy to distribute more than 10 grams of meth, four charges of manufacturing meth, and three charges of distributing meth. There are no sentencing guidelines for meth convictions, although some are expected in July. Even then, there will be no guideline for conspiracy to distribute more than 10 grams, which could bring a sentence of up to life in prison. A pre-sentence report will be prepared and Waybright will be sentenced on May 18.
Powers was convicted of two charges of conspiracy to distribute more than 10 grams of meth. She was sentenced to 40 years altogether, with 37 years suspended. She will be on indefinite supervised probation, which means until the probation officer says she is free. This conviction means that Powers also faces a show cause for failure to comply with the terms of probation on an earlier burglary charge. That hearing will be held on May 4.