Man sentenced in meth lab, drug smuggling operation

By MOLLY DAVIDSON / Staff Writer

PELHAM—A Homewood man will spend more than two years in prison after he pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a September 2013 meth lab bust at the Oak Mountain Lodge that sent a K-9 officer and several Pelham police officers to the hospital and an April incident involving smuggling drugs into the Shelby County Jail using Bibles.

Mykicz

Mykicz

Jacob Kenneth Mykicz, 25, pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute of a controlled substance and one count of second-degree promotion of prison contraband.

Judge Dan Reeves sentenced Mykicz to 104 months, which was split to two years and eight months in the Alabama Penitentiary and three years of supervised probation. Mykicz received jail credit of 407 days deducted from his prison sentence.

Mykicz is subject to random drug and alcohol screens throughout his sentence and has been charged $1,100 in fines.

Charges of destruction of property by a prisoner, criminal possession of a noxious substance, second-degree manufacture of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, second-degree conspiracy to promote prison contraband and four counts of third-degree assault were dismissed as a result of a plea agreement.

The Pelham Police Department arrested Mykicz in early September 2013 after officers discovered a meth lab in the bathroom of his hotel room at the Oak Mountain Lodge. The incident sent four Pelham police officers to the hospital and one K-9 officer to a veterinary clinic after inhaling fumes from the meth lab.

The Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force then uncovered Mykicz’s involvement in a drug smuggling operation at the Shelby County Correctional Facility. In November and December of 2013, Mykicz and 10 other suspects smuggled suboxone into the Shelby County Correctional Facility using Bibles.

Mykicz was transferred to the Alabama Penitentiary on Sept. 8 to begin serving his sentence.