Two found guilty on meth charges

Two local men were convicted of methamphetamine charges in a jury trial last week in Fayette County Circuit Court.
A jury deliberated for a little more than three hours before returning guilty verdicts against Travis W. Metzger and Brian E. Scholes.
Both Metzger, of Vandalia, and Scholes, of Brownstown, were found guilty of possession of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine-manufacturing materials.
The methamphetamine possession charge is a class 3 felony punishable by up to five years in prison, or up to 10 years in prison for individuals eligible for an extended term. Those eligible include individuals who have prior convictions.
The charges filed in this case by the office of Fayette County State’s Attorney Stephen Friedel allege that Metzger and Scholes possessed less than 5 grams of a substance containing methamphetamine.
The charge of methamphetamine-manufacturing possession, which in this case alleged the possession of a cook jar and coffee filters, is a class 2 felony punishable by up to seven years in prison, or up to 14 years in prison for those eligible for an extended term.
The jury trial began on Monday with jury selection and concluded on Thursday afternoon, with Assistant State’s Attorney Matt Chancey prosecuting the case.
The charges against Metzger and Scholes were filed on Aug. 23, 2009, alleging that they committed the methamphetamine offenses on Aug. 19 of that year.

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