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Jury finds local man guilty of cooking meth on creek bank
Faces 12-20 year sentence
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A DeKalb County Criminal Court jury deliberated for less than an hour last Wednesday before finding Timothy Wade Ford, 40, guilty of initiating a process for manufacturing methamphetamine.Ford is one of three people accused of cooking meth at a Dry Creek swimming hole in Dowelltown last May. Ford is facing a possible 12-20 year sentence in the state penitentiary as well as the $15,000 fine imposed by the seven-woman, five-man jury.State prosecutors have filed a notice with the court seeking enhanced punishment as a range II offender for Ford based on his prior criminal record.Ford will be sentenced on May 20.Assistant District Attorneys Greg Strong and Phillip Hatch prosecuted the case. Ford was represented by Jim Judkins.Terry Wayne Daniels, 35, and 24-year-old Lydia R. Judkins were also arrested along with Ford and charged in this same caseThe DeKalb County Sheriff's Department received a call on Friday, May 21of last year that a meth lab was being operated at the creek.