Tuesday in Avery Superior Court, 50-year old Eric Douglas Hicks was found guilty of manufacturing methamphetamine and maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances.  The release from 24th District Attorney Seth Banks says that charges stemmed from a request to the Avery County Sheriff’s Office by the Avery County Department of Social Services to check on the welfare of the 7-year-old daughter of Hicks. He said that, in response to this request, Deputies went to Hicks’s house and discovered numerous items used to manufacture methamphetamine. Judge Gary Gavenus, Superior Court Judge, sentenced Hicks to 83-112 months—just under 7 to just over 9 years in prison. Banks said in his release that “this case should send a message to those who manufacture methamphetamine.  If you decide to poison our children and our communities we will see to it that you are put behind bars.”  He said, “I appreciate the hard work of Assistant District Attorney Matt Rupp, the efforts of the Avery County Sheriff’s Office, and the help of the State Bureau of Investigation in seeing that this defendant was brought to justice.”