8:30 AM
Richard Anthony Ford (mug shot SCSO)

It was a quick resolution in the cases of two Stone County men who have pleaded guilty to meth related drug offenses.

A deputy checking on the well being of a woman in Blue Eye last month arrested Richard Anthony Ford, 44, after finding seven small baggies of meth and syringes in Ford's possession. When Ford was being questioned by police, he told them he got the drugs from Gary Ray Martin.

During a search of Martin's Joyland Road property in Shell Knob similar baggies of the drug were found. They also seized Coleman fuel, muriatic acid, drain cleaner and bottles containing a white crystal powder in the search.

Gary Ray Martin (mug shot SCSO)
Prosecuting attorney Matt Selby says Martin, 54, was sentenced to 6 years in prison for possessing chemicals with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine.
Ford was given a 7 years suspended sentence and placed on five years probation.  He was also ordered to drug court.