A 44 year old man, arrested almost a year ago in a "shake and bake" meth lab case, was sentenced in DeKalb County Criminal Court Monday.
Robert Rochefort pleaded guilty to attempted initiation of a process to manufacture methamphetamine. Judge David Patterson sentenced Rochefort to a six year term and fined him $2,000. He was given jail credit from October 7, 2010 to September 19, 2011.
Rochefort was one of two people accused of conducting a shake and bake meth lab on October 7, 2010. They were arrested during a traffic stop on Coconut Ridge Road
Sheriff Patrick Ray said Rochefort and the woman, 39 year old Sandra L. Clark were each charged with initiation of a process intended to result in the manufacture of methamphetamine.
According to Sheriff Ray, a deputy was on routine patrol on Coconut Ridge Road when he saw a vehicle stopped in the road. When the officer stopped, the vehicle began to leave. The deputy then activated his lights signaling the vehicle to stop. After making the traffic stop the officer spoke with Clark, who was driving. Rochefort was a passenger. He said they appeared to be nervous. The deputy received consent to search but when Rochefort got out of the automobile, the officer saw him place something on the ground. There, the deputy found a two liter bottle with a three layered substance which is normally used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Rochefort emptied his pockets and produced a two liter Pepsi label. A plastic bag was found inside the vehicle. The bag contained 30 pseudoephedrine pills and four lithium batteries, which are also normally used in the manufacture of meth. Several other items used to make meth were also in the vehicle, including turkey basters, Ph test strips, coffee filters with residue, salt, water, and more.
Clark was in court last month on a charge manufacturing a schedule II controlled substance, methamphetamine. She pleaded guilty and received a six year sentence, suspended to probation with community corrections and then state probation. Clark was fined $2,000 and given credit for time served.