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Man gets 8 years for cooking meth in Wal-Mart

 FAYETTEVILLE, AR (AP) - A judge has ordered an eight-year prison sentence for a man caught making methamphetamine in a Wal-Mart store in Springdale.

Circuit Judge William Storey on Monday sentenced 39-year-old Russell Shepard to 20 years, with 12 years suspended, after Shepard pleaded guilty to a drug-related charge.
The Northwest Arkansas Times reports ( ) Shepard drew attention on March 16 from store security who thought he was shoplifting. Police say it turned out Shepard had concealed a bottle that contained ingredients for manufacturing methamphetamine.
The so-called one-pot method has largely supplanted larger meth lab operations. But the chemical mix is still volatile and the bottles pose a risk of explosion.
Police say they don't know why Shepard had the bottle with him in the store. Shepard had no prior criminal record.
Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette,
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