Men Sentenced For Role In Haywood County Meth Labs

Two men blamed for a drastic growth in methamphetamine use in Haywood County have been sentenced to more than a dozen years in prison.

Jeff Cody and Danny Jo Brooks were convicted on drug charges in connection with a string of meth labs throughout the county.

Chief detective Larry Bryson of the Haywood County Sheriff's Office says the pair ran at least ten meth labs. He blames the pair for the rapid growth of the drug in 2004, when meth-related arrests rose by 450 percent in the county.

Authorities say Cody and Brooks worked with between 25 to 30 people to purchase meth manufacturing supplies at local stores. The two set up labs in abandoned mobile homes and remote outdoor locations.

Cody was sentenced last week to about 13 years in prison. Brooks was sentenced to 18 years.