COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Warsaw man, 36-year-old Trever Hanlon, was sentenced in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday to 12 years for charges relating to an out of control rolling methamphetamine lab near Larwill in April.
According to the plea agreement, the sentences imposed will be served concurrent with one another.
Hanlon pleaded guilty back in August to manufacture of methamphetamine, a Class B felony, possession of two or more â€śprecursors,â€ť or ingredients used to make the drug, a Class D felony and maintaining a common nuisance, a Class D felony.
According to a Whitley County Drug Task Force case report, officer William Brice received a radio call April 29, concerning a vehicle fire in Larwill.
Det. Gary Archbold and Brice responded, arriving at the corner of Ind. 5 and Old Trail road at 2:20 p.m.
The fire was extinguished and further investigation discovered a blue duffle bag, containing precursors for methamphetamine, and the Indiana State Police Methamphetamine Team was contacted.
After the owner of the vehicle was found, Brice reported the owner admitted he was the driver of the burned vehicle. He also admitted picking up Hanlon in a Warsaw store parking lot and driving toward Huntington.
According to a Whitley County Drug Task Force Supplemental case report, Hanlon admitted he started cooking methamphetamine in the vehicle as the owner drove. Hanlon would not say anything about the owner, claiming he would take full responsibility for everything.
Hanlon said he was holding the bottle when the explosion occurred, and the chemicals began burning his legs.