Crime & Courts

Newton man sentenced in meth lab case

A Newton man was sentenced to more than four years in prison this week after being convicted of four felony drug charges in Catawba County.

Prosecutors said Nicholas Jacob Gladden, 27, was convicted of two counts of possession and distribution of methamphetamine precursors and one count each of manufacturing methamphetamine and conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

He was sentenced by Judge Eric Levinson to between 50 and 72 months in prison.

Gladden operated a meth lab in Catawba County in autumn 2012, according to prosecutors. A tip from a resident led the Sheriff’s Office to a residence on Helens Way in Denver, where deputies said they found the remnants of a lab.

Gladden’s co-defendant, Tonya Lynn Vance, was convicted last August of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and possession and distribution of a methamphetamine precursor. She was sentenced to between 58 and 82 months in prison.