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Woman Charged With Manufacturing

Eight days removed from being sentenced to five years probation for possession of drug paraphernalia, a Booneville woman was arrested again on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance.

Formally charged last week, Connie Michelle Williams, 47, is one of four co-defendants, according to court documents, in connection with a suspected methamphetamine lab in the 4000 block of South State Highway 23.

Court documents indicate Williams was at the residence and home owners Virgil P. Topham, 69, and Bonnie C. Topham, 67, — who are named as co-defendants — consented to a search of the premises and out building, where inside of one was found a suspected meth lab resulting in the 15th Judicial District Drug Task Force being called to the scene.

During the search items commonly associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine were located as were glass jars with a clear liquid, a coffee filter containing a tan powdery substance, multiple syringes and a plastic pill bottle that tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine. An electronic scale was found under a mattress in one of the bedrooms of the home.

In addition to the Class Y manufacturing charge, Williams has been charged with Class C felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and Class B felony possession of drug paraphernalia.

The Y felony is punishable by up to 40 years, or life in prison. The C felony is punishable by three to 10 years in prison; the B felony is punishable by five to 20 years in prison.

Williams will be arraigned on Dec. 6, just over six weeks since 15th Judicial District Judge Jerry Don Ramey approved a plea agreement in which Williams plead guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia in exchange for probation.

Ramey chided Williams then for a variety of courtroom behavior that included promises to hire outside council. She was also found to be under the influence of THC and methamphetamine during another hearing in which she was set to take a plea agreement in the case.

Two other plea agreements hinged on Williams’ case, including one for Gary P. Topham, 49.

Court documents also state a probation and parole office had notified Logan County Sheriff’s office that Gary P. Topham, 49, had been seen at the South State Highway 23 residence earlier in the day his parents’ property was searched, but he had fled on foot.

Gary P. Topham turned himself into authorities on Nov. 2 and was booked into the Logan County Detention Center on a pair of $250,000 bonds.

Two days later he escaped from the detention center and was free for two days before being re-captured in Booneville.

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