Phillip Edward Moore, age 40, of Norton, Virginia was found guilty last week in the Wise County Circuit Court as part of a conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. His convictions include felony shoplifting, possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance, manufacture of methamphetamine, and conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. He was sentenced by the Court to a total sentence of ten years in prison with eight years suspended and will be required to seven years of supervised probation.
The charges in this case stemmed from an extensive investigation by the City of Norton Police Department concerning the illegal sale and manufacture of methamphetamine. On November 9, 2017, Officers from the City of Norton Police Department executed a search at a home on 7th Street in Norton. Officers found a number of individuals at the residence, as well as materials commonly used for manufacturing methamphetamine. Moore was one of the occupants of the residence and was released from the custody of officers after a search of his person rendered no results. However, rather than leaving the property, Moore walked to an outbuilding and began packing up materials he said belonged to him. Upon inspection, those materials were found to be items commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine. Moore was then arrested and charged accordingly.
Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Brett Hall prosecuted the case.
Wise County Commonwealth's Attorney Chuck Slemp said, "Methamphetamine is a dangerous illegal drug. Accordingly, my office seeks tough punishment for anyone who attempts to manufacture or distribute the drug on our streets. I am thankful for the hard work of these officers at the City of Norton Police Department in keeping the community safe."