Miller and Marie plead guilty
Two Washington men have pleaded guilty to charges in relation to methamphetamine.
Michael Joe Miller, 39, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture, deliver and/or possess with intent to deliver methamphetamine on May 24, 2013, the court record said. This is a Class B felony, and the court record said he is to serve 25 years in prison and pay a $5,000 fine.
Washington County Attorney Larry Brock said by pleading guilty to the class B felony Miller would have the mandatory minimum time served reduced by one-third.
Jeffrey Michael Marie, 30, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of conspiracy to manufacture, deliver and/or possess with intent to deliver methamphetamine, less than 5 grams, his court record said. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined $10,000. Brock said Marie would also have his mandatory minimum time served reduced one-third.
According to Brock, neither Miller nor Marie’s cases went to trial. He said his office is only allowed so many court dates a year, so they try to reach plea agreements that are reasonable and fair for everyone.
These cases are in a direct result of the discovery of a meth lab on March 12, at 322 N. D Ave., in Washington.
Miller and Marie were arrested on March 12, 2013, and charged with conspiracy to manufacture more than 5 grams of methamphetamine, a Class B felony punishable by 25 years in prison with a minimum fine of $5,000 and a maximum fine of $100,000.
Marie was held on a $25,000 cash bond, while Miller was held on a $100,000 cash bond.
According to a press release issued the morning of March 13, 2013, local law enforcement officials executed a search warrant on the building and located a meth lab. The building has been closed due to hazardous contamination conditions from meth residue. A second search warrant was also executed at a property at 2930 Quince Ave., in Washington.
The court records said Miller and Marie occupy the building at 322 North D Avenue. Both were present when the warrant was executed. The records say that many items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, including camp fuel, lithium batteries, cold packs, lye, drain cleaner, pseudoephedrine tablets, funnels, measuring cups, and coffee filters were found on the premises. Items used in meth distribution, including digital scales and packaging materials, were also located. Methamphetamine was also found during the search.
Personnel from the Washington Police Department, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the Washington Louisa County Narcotics Task Force, Department of Narcotics Enforcement, Washington County Ambulance and the Washington Fire Department all responded.