COLUMBIA CITY â€” A 20-year-old Churubusco man, Dallas Jones, was sentenced to 10 years, eight to served and two years suspended, in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday on a charge relating to methamphetamine.
Jones pleaded guilty Aug. 20 to manufacturing methamphetamine, a Class B felony, and he is also expected to pay a $200 Drug and Alcohol Countermeasure fee.
According to the Whitley County Drug Task Force Case Report, Officer Bill Brice reported July 17 receiving information concerning methamphetamine related trash in or around Jonesâ€™ residence at 156 Staunton Ave. in Churubusco.
According to the report, Brice was assisted by other deputies as he began talking to Jones outside the vehicle at his residence, asking him if he had anything illegal on his person.
Brice also reported officers approached the minivan near Jones and spoke to the back seat passenger, identifying him as 19-year-old Logan Kirk, of Avilla.
Brice reported seeing a plastic bag containing a granular substance with a brownish color laying in plain view on the front seat of the minivan.
He also reported seeing in plain view a bottle which appeared to have a paper towel type substance inside, and his training made him believe the substance to be ammonium sulfate and the bottle to be drying for use as a methamphetamine lab.
Brice reported Jones ran from the officers, but was chased and hand-cuffed.
According to the report, Brice and another officer then went to the door of the residence and spoke to Jonesâ€™ mother, and she consented to letting them search his bedroom, the garage and the backyard.
During the search, Brice reported opening a cooler in the garage, finding a Hydrochloric (HCI) gas generator which was still producing gas. The State Police Methamphetamine Lab Team was called, as everyone was ordered to leave the garage.
Brice also reported finding items in Jonesâ€™ bedroom, and Jones and Kirk were transported to the Whitley County Jail.
As the backyard was being searched, Brice reported collecting a sample of a white granular substance and metal battery strips.
Jones and Kirk were later interviewed by Detective Archbold and Brice.
Brice reported that Jones admitted they were getting ready to start a lab, and they had everything they needed to start the lab inside the van.
Brice also reported Jones admitted to making about a bottle a day for about the last six months, and he admitted to smoking about a gram a day.
In Superior Court: Ron King, a South Whitley resident and Cleveland Township trustee, is scheduled to appear at the Whitley County Prosecutorâ€™s Office Nov. 20 at 10 a.m. for a pre-trial conference on charges of official misconduct and battery.