LARWILL: Woman gets six years for meth crimes

COLUMBIA CITY — A Larwill woman pleaded guilty Monday to drug related charges that stemmed from a joint operation between Whitley and Kosciusko county’s Drug Task forces.April Rogers,, 32, of Larwill, pleaded guilty in Whitley County Circuit Court to charges stemming from an incident in March. Rogers received a sentence of six years to be served in its entirety.According to a Whitley County Drug Task Force case report, Kosciusko County Drug Task Force Detective Paul Heaton contacted WCSD Detective Bill Brice, advising him he was driving west bound on U.S. 30 when, entering Whitley County, when he recognized a black Mercedes Benz as belonging to a Warsaw man. According to the report, Heaton said the vehicle had a broken tail light.Brice notified deputies in the area and Heaton reported the vehicle turned south from Swihart to Indiana Avenue before stopping in the middle of the road, according to the report.After deputies ran the drivers licenses of the occupants in the car, they discovered the driver, Rogers, license was expired and the passenger, Jason Smith, was suspended.According to the report, some of the items found a black zippered case from Smith’s coat pocket included: Two plastic sandwich bags containing a green plant material, cigarette cellophane Hydrocodone tablets, a plastic sandwich bag with amphetamine, a blue hard plastic pen casing with white powder residue and an empty clear hard plastic screw top container.According to the report, impound and inventory of the vehicle turned up a plastic zipper bag with a white/brown granular substance and a plastic zipper bag containing a white granular substance, found inside Rogers’ wallet.Also discovered in Rogers’ purse was white powder, green plant material, a black soft-sided case containing a glass smoking device with residue. According to the report, found inside the driver’s door pocket was a hypodermic needle and syringe containing a clear liquid substance. Found in the back seat was a four pack of lithium batteries.According to the report, Rogers admitted the white powder inside her purse and wallet was methamphetamine, and it belonged to her. Rogers also reported she had injected methamphetamine that morning.According to the report, Smith admitted Rogers set up a deal for him to trade marijuana for morphine pills.According to the plea agreement, Rogers pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine, a Class B felony, possession of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor, possession of paraphernailia, a Class A misdemeanor, maintaining a common nuisance, a Class D felony and operating while intoxicated, a Class A misdemeanor.