Manufacturing drugs and then selling them to an undercover informant resulted in prison time for an Ironton man.

Jon Thacker, 32, of 404 Township Road 301, was sentenced to six years in prison for fourth-degree trafficking in drugs and second-degree illegal manufacturing of drugs Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court. Thacker had previously pleaded guilty to the charges.

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Brigham Anderson said the Lawrence County Drug and Major Crimes Task Force executed a search warrant at Thacker’s residence in September following the sale of meth to an informant. During the search, investigators found metal spoons, tubing, coffee filters and plastic containers, which were found to have meth residue on them, Anderson said. Some of the materials were found in the home and some were found in burn piles behind the house.

“We feel this is a very serious matter,” Anderson said, noting that investigating the scene put officers at risk. “… The mere manufacturing of it (meth) could be deadly.”