Two plead guilty in meth cases
Two Washington men have pleaded guilty in cases involving methamphetamine.
Travis James Hartman, 32, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of conspiracy to manufacture, deliver and/or possess with intent to deliver methamphetamine, which is a Class C felony that is punishable up to 10 years in prison.
Originally Hartman was charged with a Class B felony of conspiracy to manufacture more than 5 grams of methamphetamine, which was punishable by up to 25 years in prison, as reported in The Journal’s edition on March 20.
The court record said a search warrant was executed at 415 W. Madison St. at 4:39 p.m. Hartman was present at the time of the execution of the search warrant.
Items were found that were consistent with making methamphetamine. The items found included camp fuel containers, punched starting fluid containers, punched pseudoephedrine blister packs, lithium battery packaging, iodized salt, and pop bottles containing a sludge substance, his court record said. A digital scale and numerous small clear plastic baggies were also found.
Four other individuals were also present at the time the search warrant was executed. They were interviewed separately at the search. All four individuals said the defendant had been manufacturing meth in the basement of the residence. They said they had been providing precursors (including pseudoephedrine pills) to the defendant for manufacturing meth. These four individuals and Hartman have purchased pseudoephedrine at least 25 times for this meth manufacturing, the court record said.
More than 50 grams of methamphetamine could be produced from using these pills, the court record said. All four individuals said they have been receiving meth from these “cooks” in exchange for providing the defendant with precursors, the court record said.
In exchange for the plea deal Hartman’s mandatory minimum of time served will be reduced by one-third, his court record said. He is able to bond out on appeal, which has been set at $10,000.
Justin Allan Dennis, 20, pleaded guilty on May 20 to manufacture, deliver, or possess with intent to manufacture or deliver methamphetamine, a Class C felony, punishable up to 10 years in prison, his court record said.
Dennis was arrested on March 18 and charged with unlawfully possessing with the intent to manufacture 5 grams or less of methamphetamine, its salts, isomers or salts of isomers, or analogs of methamphetamine, or any compound, mixture, or preparation which contains any quantity or detectable amount of methamphetamine, its salts, isomers, or salts of isomers, or analogs of methamphetamine, as reported in the March 20 edition of The Journal.
He was released on an appeal bond set at the amount of $10,000, his court record said.
Dennis also pleaded guilty to two counts of forgery on Aug. 19, his court record said.
As reported in The Journal on July 22, according to court records, officers met with two subjects on July 9 who said that Dennis had been forging checks on their account. The two had earlier reported that Dennis was suspected of taking cash and prescription medication. One of the subjects had gone to the bank to do some regular business and was informed the account was nearly zero.
While assisting the subject, the clerk indicated two checks had been cashed and were issued to Justin Dennis. The first check was for $100 and the second check, which was still being processed, was for $150. The handwriting on the check was verified as Dennis’s. The check was signed with a different name, but the person indicated she had not signed the check nor had she authorized Dennis to sign her name.
Officers spoke with a bank official. She reported that she had assisted the subjects in paying their bills and balancing their checkbook and she was surprised when their account balance was nearly empty. A search revealed the two checks had been issued in the previous two days and were consecutive numbered checks.
Bank security photographs showed that Dennis was the person who passed the checks. The reporting officer wrote that he knew Dennis by sight and that he was the person involved in the two transactions.
Dennis was ordered by the court to pay two fines of $750 each and pay restitution in the amount of $250 plus court fines and court-appointed attorney fees, his court record said. He is serving the sentence concurrently with the Class C felony sentence.