51-year-old Walter “Dr. Walt” Schmuck was found guilty of numerous drug charges in Grayson Circuit Court this past Tuesday, June 22.
Schmuck—who, along with three other individuals, was arrested in a drug bust on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014—was found guilty by a Grayson County Jury of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Synthetic Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia this week, according to court documents.
The jury then recommended that Schmuck, originally from Angola, IN, serve the full, 20-year sentence in a state prison, as requested by Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Jeremy Logsdon, who served as prosecutor for the case.
Logsdon said he requested the full 20 years because Schmuck, in addition to being a meth cook, had also been convicted of Child Molesting, a Class C Felony, in Count II in his home state of Indiana in DeKalb Circuit Court in 1993, “and he needs to be off the streets as long as possible.”
Schmuck, who also went by the alias “Luke Walt,” was charged and found guilty of the aforementioned crimes following the execution of a search warrant by the Leitchfield Police Department (LPD) and Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force at 209 Goff Dr. in Leitchfield last August.
LPD Detective Brandon Cook served as lead investigator on the case and, alongside his team, observed the Goff Drive residence, which, at the time, housed six adults and two children, Logsdon said.
One of the two children was special needs with a tracheostomy and was found in the floor by police, according to Logsdon. Grayson County Emergency Medical Services and Child Protective Services also responded to the scene to attend to the welfare of the two children.
Based on results from running a list of individuals purchasing pseudoephedrine, an ingredient often used in the cooking of methamphetamine, and tips received from a confidential informant, police executed a search warrant at the residence and found evidence of the manufacture of methamphetamine, according to Logsdon.
“It was a meth house,” he said.
Inside the room in which Schmuck told authorities he was sleeping was a bag containing Schmuck’s ID and a night stand next to the bag that contained paraphernalia to be used for the manufacture of methamphetamine, Logsdon said.
Schmuck, who claimed to have a Doctorate in Divinity, reportedly came to Leitchfield in June of 2014 to “help” 27-year-old Rickey Hicks and 47-year-old David Hicks who were known to already be cooking meth, Logsdon said.
Also arrested on Aug. 19, were Rickey Hicks, David Hicks, and Rickey Hicks’ girlfriend, 22-year-old Amber Hatfield, all of whom agreed to testify against Schmuck, Logsdon said.
Rickey Hicks was arrested and charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, First Offense; Possession of Controlled Substance, First Degree, First Offense (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Trafficking in Synthetic Cannabinoid Agonists or Piperazines; and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor, according to court documents.
Rickey Hicks pleaded guilty to all of the aforementioned crimes and was recommended to serve 10 years in prison, Logsdon said.
David Hicks was arrested and charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, First Offense; Possession of Controlled Substance, First Degree, First Offense (Methamphetamine); Possession of Controlled Substance, Second Degree (Hydrocodone); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor, according to court documents.
David Hicks pleaded guilty to all of the aforementioned crimes and was recommended to serve 12 years in prison, Logsdon said.
Hatfield pleaded guilty to Facilitation of Manufacturing Methamphetamine and was recommended to serve three years of probation, according to court documents.
Logsdon said Hatfield is now out of prison and doing well.
Schmuck will be officially sentenced on Tuesday, July 21. Rickey and David Hicks and Hatfield will be sentenced on Tuesday, July 7.