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DORAN -- A Tazewell County man has been found guilty of drug charges.

Jack Nelson Shortt, 56, of 1464 Raven Road, Doran, Virginia, was found guilty Wednesday by a Tazewell County jury of one count of Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine and one count of Distribution of Methamphetamine. 

The jury recommended a prison sentence of 15 years. Shortt's sentencing was set for Nov. 30.

According to a press release from Tazewell County Commonwealth Attorney Dennis Lee's office, evidence indicated that the Tazewell County Narcotics Task Force had been receiving information from the public regarding Shortt's drug dealing activities late last year. 

In February 2011, a confidential informant purchased a gram of crystal methamphetamine from Shortt and a co-defendant from his home in Doran. Although law enforcement suspected a meth lab operating in the residence, a subsequent search warrant turned up no evidence of such an operation.

"Methamphetamine production and use is becoming an increasing problem in all of Southwest Virginia," said Lee.  "The emergence of "shake and bake" or "single-pot method" meth labs has made it much easier for basic meth labs to pop up." 

Lee urges retailers to report suspicious purchases of chemicals commonly used in the production of Methamphetamine and the public to report suspicious behavior, such as unusual chemical odors or discarded 2 liter plastic containers containing residue to local law enforcement.

The case was investigated by the Tazewell County Narcotics Task Force, the Richlands Police Department and the Virginia State Police and was prosecuted by Commonwealth's Attorney Dennis Lee and Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Meredith "Nikki" Stiltner.

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