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Infamous meth-cooker sentenced to 25 years

GAINESVILLE - A Sugar Hill man regarded as the Mr. Wizard of Northeast Georgia's methamphetamine labs was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison Friday.

Many meth manufacturers busted today attribute Randall Land Scott with teaching them to "cook" the toxic blend of mostly household chemicals, authorities said.

Scott, 49, will serve a quarter-century in a federal prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release, for heading meth labs in Cherokee, Hall, Jackson and Lumpkin counties.

He was also ordered to pay $13,000 to the DEA as compensation for the cost of cleaning up several meth manufacturing sites. Co-defendants described Scott as the "money man" behind the illegal operation.

Lumpkin County Sheriff Mark McClure said three pounds of the drug were discovered at one of Scott's rural labs - the biggest meth bust in the county's history.

"To this day, many of the methamphetamine manufacturers whom we arrest still talk of Scott as one who taught them the manufacturing process," McClure said.

Scott pleaded guilty Oct. 31 to charges of manufacturing meth and storing chemicals to make the drug.

On Friday, a federal judge also sentenced Scott's son, Jeremy Scott, 25, to 10 years in prison for his involvement in the operation.

The investigation commenced in February 2002, when GBI agents found a building in downtown Canton loaded with the telltale ingredients of a meth lab - cans of starting fluid, muriatic acid, ammonia, toluene, coffee filters, lithium batteries and other components of methamphetamine, according to court documents.

Investigators later tied Scott to the lab when a co-defendant told them Scott and his son had cooked meth there and in Lumpkin County. The cooperative witness also took agents to a storage unit in Oakwood, where Scott and his son were arrested.

"(Randall) Scott and his associates were primarily responsible for a large number of meth laboratories located in Northeast Georgia," U.S. Attorney General David Nahmias said. "This sentence removes a very dangerous teacher from our community."