Weatherford Democrat

Front Page

May 1, 2013

Jury gives convicted meth maker 20 years

By CHRISTIN COYNE

One of six people indicted in May 2011 on charges of making methamphetamine and distributing it in Parker County pleaded guilty to a first-degree felony charge and received 20 years in prison from a Parker County jury last week.

Shannon Lewis Burns, 44, of Arlington, pleaded guilty to engaging in organized criminal activity by conspiring to manufacture more than 400 grams of methamphetamine, court records indicate.

Department of Public Safety CID investigators reportedly began a months-long investigation in 2010 after area pharmacies alerted authorities that individuals were buying products to make methamphetamine.

“Runners” in the group were purchasing pseudoephedrine pills in Parker County and bringing them to Arlington, DPS reported.

Investigators executed search warrants in October 2010 at two Arlington homes, one in the 4500 block of Trowbridge Drive and one in the 4600 block of Oak Creek Drive, and located meth labs at both addresses, according to DPS.

Though they didn’t find large amounts of methamphetamine, investigators did reportedly locate supplies to make the drug and glassware used in the process, along with extensive surveillance equipment.

Some of the large amount of methamphetamine being produced in Arlington was returning to Parker County, according to DPS.

Burns, along with Weatherford residents James Michael Wiley and Peggy Colleen O’Kelley and Arlington residents Sheila Jane Smith, Geral Ray Pearce and Melinda Nell Pearce, were indicted on the charges.

Meth labs are uncommon, DPS Lt. Doug Wood told the Democrat at the time, adding that meth made in Mexico and transported across the border to the Dallas/Fort Worth area before being purchased by area residents is cheap.

Cases against the other five defendants remain pending, according to court records.

1
Text Only
Front Page
  • Animal shelter throwing a party

    The Weatherford Parker County Animal Shelter made a promise to its staff, volunteers and rescues that if the shelter was able to achieve a 90 percent live release rate by the end of March, the shelter would throw a community-wide party to celebrate its accomplishments.

    April 16, 2014

  • Veterans Memorial Rendering.jpg Cabin fever

    Weatherford Parks and Recreation officials are looking to renovate two areas to make them more user friendly.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Parker County man killed in single-vehicle wreck

    A 60-year-old Parker County man was killed around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in a one-vehicle crash in the 2100 block of FM Road 3325, also known as Farmer Road.

    April 15, 2014

  • 0415 one kidfish.jpg Catching some fun at KidFish

    “Is there anything better than spending time with your kids and teaching them the joys of fishing?” James Shaker, a lifetime Weatherford resident, asked Saturday. “I don’t think so.”

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fund set up for family after losing home

    Two streets down and hours after many members of the East Parker County community gathered April 5 to present a new home built with donations to a local family in need, another family in the West Oak subdivision lost their home to a fire and is now in need of support from the community. 

    April 15, 2014

  • County wins grant, approves road plan

    New funding to improve county roads and a new plan to rank them according to their need for repair moved forward hand-in-hand at Monday’s Parker County Commissioners’ Court meeting.

    April 15, 2014

  • IMG_6890.jpg WC’s new Allied Health Building nears completion

    Construction crews are in high swing as the completion date for Weatherford College’s new Don Allen Allied Health Building nears.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • IMG_6862.jpg Keeping alive the story of Mary Martin

    Mary Martin historian George Dansker gave a heartwarming lecture about the Weatherford-born Broadway actress many didn’t know during a fundraising dinner honoring her 100th birthday Thursday night.

    April 13, 2014 2 Photos

  • Assessing the needs

    For the last few weeks, Weatherford ISD has had some new faces on campuses as engineers and architects of Huckabee & Associates have busily been assessing district facility needs.

    April 12, 2014

  • AP: Ohio geologists link seismic activity to fracking

    State geologists in Ohio believe they have for the first time linked earthquake activity in the Utica shale to hydraulic fracturing, and the state says it is issuing new permit conditions in seismic-sensitive areas.

    April 11, 2014

Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video
Raw: Ferry Sinks Off South Korean Coast Town, Victims Remember Texas Blast Freeze Leaves Florida Panhandle With Dead Trees At Boston Marathon, a Chance to Finally Finish Are School Dress Codes Too Strict? Raw: Fatal Ferry Boat Accident Suspicious Bags Found Near Marathon Finish Line Boston Marks the 1st Anniversary of Bombing NYPD Ends Muslim Surveillance Program 8-year-old Boy Gets His Wish: Fly Like Iron Man Sex Offenders Arrested in Slayings of CA Women India's Transgenders Celebrate Historic Ruling Tributes Mark Boston Bombing Anniversary Raw: Kan. Shooting Suspect Faces Judge
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks