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5/31/2014 - Bond denied in meth lab case - Click here to print this information

In Accomack Circuit Court Thursday, Joanne Strickland- was back in court on Thursday again requesting bond. Strickland was arrested on February 14, 2014 for operating a meth lab with her husband and codefendant and has been in jail ever since. Strickland was denied bond on March 13, 2014 and again on March 21, 2014. Thursdays request was based on a lower court finding that Ms. Strickland was not directly involved in the manufacturing of meth. Defense attorney Paul Watson told the court that she had no other law enforcement issues and with the lower court ruling she qualified for bond. Assistant Commonwealth attorney Spencer Morgan told the court that the Strickland knew her husband was manufacturing meth in the home and she was involved directly in the purchasing of pills from the local pharmacies. Morgan continued stating that Ms. Strickland had several failure to appears in other jurisdictions and even though they were traffic appearances it showed a trend. Judge Lewis told the defendant that she didnt appear for minor traffic offenses therefore she may choose not to appear for the current pending charges so he denied bail.

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