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Chatham Woman Accused Of Using Kids To Make Meth

Posted February 21, 2005 4:55 a.m. EST

— A Chatham County woman is going to prison for using her children to make meth.

Zorrita Wood pleaded guilty Monday to operating a meth lab out of her trailer home. Her 14-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son told social workers they helped make the drug.

Prosecutors claim Wood and both children traveled from Oregon, making meth in hotels before moving to Pittsboro. Wood claims her ex-boyfriend, the father of her unborn child, is to blame for the meth lab in the home.

It was one of the first cases to take advantage of a new law which hands down tougher penalties for making meth.

Under the old law, Wood may have received probation. On Monday, the judge sentenced her to at least five years in prison.

When social workers took custody of the children, both of them tested positive for meth. Woods' ex-boyfriend faces a number of charges, including the statuory rape of Wood's daughter.