The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

February 5, 2013

Three from Nicholas sentenced for meth lab


— A third Nicholas County resident was sentenced to federal prison for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

Felicia Bess, 23, of Summersville, was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Charleston to three years in prison.

Co-defendants Roy Spinks Jr., also known as “Brat,” 39, of Craigs-ville, and Bratten Smith, 28, of Richwood, were sentenced Feb. 1 for six years and two years, respectively.

Spinks admitted that from September 2010 until June 2011, he manufactured methamphetamine using a technique known as the “shake and bake” at several different residences in and around Nicholas County.

Co-defendant Bess admitted that from September until June 2011, she cooked methamphetamine using the “shake and bake” method and assisted other individuals, including co-defendant Spinks.

Bratten Smith admitted that from at least February 2011 until May 1, 2011, he assisted Spinks and Bess in manufacturing methamphetamine at a residence in Nicholas County. Smith further admitted that during the scheme, he supplied pseudoephedrine and other ingredients used to manufacture methamphetamine.

In exchange for the meth-making materials, Smith admitted that he received methamphetamine for his personal use.