Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Man sentenced in James City County meth lab case

Sean Copley (WYDaily/ Courtesy JCCPD)
Sean Copley (WYDaily/ Courtesy JCCPD)

WILLIAMSBURG — A 37-year-old James City County man received a five-year prison sentence with two years suspended Wednesday for manufacturing and distributing methamphetamine.

Sean Copley pleaded guilty to one felony drug charge April 26, the day after his brother, Robert Copley, was sentenced to 30 years with 26 years suspended in connection with the same crime, according to online Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court records.

As part of his sentence, Sean Copley will lose his driver’s license for six months and serve two years of probation upon his release, court documents state.

Police arrested Sean Copley, Robert Copley and a third man, Byron Wade Davis, after Tri-Rivers Drug Task Force agents watched Sean Copley cook meth in a shed behind his residence at 120 Tanbark Lane, according to court documents. Robert Copley was seen leaving the area in a gray Volvo station wagon after entering the shed for a short period of time.

According to documents, a search of the shed revealed multiple glass jars, camping fuel, salt, cut lithium batteries and other materials “consistent with the methamphetamine manufacturing process.”

Sean Copley said he had five people willing to purchase Sudafed, an over-the-counter medication used in the creation of meth, for him, telling them he had a broken nose and needed more than he could legally obtain.

Police later arrested Robert Copley after finding his vehicle at the Farm Fresh at 115 Norge Lane.

Methamphetamine as well as more materials possibly used to manufacture the drug were found in the car, documents state.

In a separate incident in October 2016, Robert Copley was arrested after he crashed a mobile meth lab made out of a minivan. In April 2017, he was found guilty of one charge of marijuana possession and given a suspended 12-month sentence after prosecutors agreed to drop three felonies against him according to York General District Court records.

Davis pleaded guilty to felony drug possession charges in January and will be sentenced March 2019, online court records show.

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