Bradley Earl Kitchens, 38, of 105 Friendship Road, Cedartown, and Benita Dawn Folsom, 46, of Johnson Lake Road, Cedartown, were arrested in August 2009 after they were stopped because of an unsecured load on the flatbed truck, according to police reports.
A canine officer, who happened to be nearby, came to assist and the dog picked up something suspicious, reports stated.
Officers found a mini-lab in the truck cab containing about a gram of meth, according to police.
Court documents show Kitchens pleaded guilty Jan. 31 to three of the five charges currently against him.
He pleaded guilty to manufacturing methamphetamine, methamphetamine possession and driving on a suspended license.
The other two charges, trafficking methamphetamine and possessing and illegal substance near a public park, were dismissed as part of the plea agreement, according to documents.
Superior Court Judge Richard Sutton sentenced Kitchens to 20 years on the methamphetamine charges and one year on the driving charge. However, the sentence calls for Kitchens to spend seven years incarcerated and the remaining 13 years on probation.
Kitchens must pay a total fine of $3,200 in monthly installments of $232 beginning one month after his release. He must also have regular drug screenings while on probation. Kitchens must pay for the screenings himself and can’t contest the results, according to court documents.
Folsom, who faced the same charges, went to trial last week but the results of the trial have not been entered into the court’s records, according to court officials.