A Detroit, Mich. man entered guilty pleas on two separate indictments in Bell Circuit Court on Thursday.
Pacino Hallan Porter, 39, pleaded guilty to several drug charges on the first indictment and a receiving stolen property charge on the second.
Porter pleaded guilty to first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of a meth precursor and giving officers false name or address.
The commonwealth recommended five years in the penitentiary for the possession charge, 10 years for the manufacturing charge, 12 months in the Bell County Jail for drug paraphernalia, five years in the penitentiary for the meth precursor charge and 90 days in jail for giving officers a false name or address. The commonwealth recommended the sentences run concurrently with each other.
Porter also pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property under $10,000. The commonwealth gave a recommended sentence of two years in the penitentiary. This sentence would run concurrently with the aforementioned drug sentences.
Porter is scheduled to have his final sentencing on Sept. 11.
Earlier reports state Porter was originally arrested in November 2013, when he was found in a vehicle with a second individual containing several items consistent with manufacturing methamphetamine.
According to the indictment, the receiving stolen property charges comes from Porter having in his possession a MK Diamond Product 10-inch cutting tile saw, which was valued at $678. The product had been stolen from Lowe’s in Staunton, Va.
In other news, Justin Maggard, 25, of Middlesboro, was arrested for criminal abuse. According to the citation, the four-year-old victim had bruising on the buttock, back and legs. It also states he hid the child from social services on different occasions due to the child’s injuries.
Maggard was served a warrant for his arrest on Wednesday by Pineville Police Officer Kyle Dunn. The investigating officer for the case is Middlesboro Police Officer Josh Pratt.
According to Middlesboro Lt. Tom Busic, Maggard’s arrest is a result of the same investigation involving Nicole Hampton, 27, of Middlesboro. She was arrested nearly two weeks ago and charged with second-degree criminal abuse.