Meth earns man eight years in prison

Published 9:43 am Tuesday, March 10, 2015

A Carter County man received an eight-year prison sentence on Monday after pleading guilty to meth charges.

Ronald Forrest Lowe, 42, of Elizabethton, entered a guilty plea to three counts of initiation of process to manufacture methamphetamine and related charges in Carter County Criminal court on Monday.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, Lowe will serve eight years in prison and upon his release serve 14 years on probation with the Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole.

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The first charge against Lowe came when the Carter County Sheriff’s Department discovered a meth lab at a home on Parham Street in Hampton in January of 2014. Investigators were able to connect Lowe to the meth lab.

“After he was released on bond in that case, the Carter County Sheriff’s Department found a methamphetamine lab in a vehicle driven by Lowe on May 6, 2014,” District Attorney General Tony Clark said in a statement released Monday afternoon.

“After another release on bond, the Elizabethton Police Department tied Lowe to a methamphetamine lab on Dec. 12, 2014 found in a vehicle at the parking lot of Wal-Mart.”

Lowe has been incarcerated in the Carter County Detention Center since Dec. 13, 2014 when he was arrested in connection with the third meth lab.