10/21/13 David N. Weirick, 54, of Burr Oak, was sentenced today in Marshall Superior Court 1 to ten years imprisonment for manufacturing methamphetamine, a Class B felony. In open court, Weirick admitted he manufactured methamphetamine on January 15, 2013 in his garage located behind his home on State Road 17 in Burr Oak, Indiana..
Judge Robert O. Bowen approved an agreement reached between Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Nelson Chipman and defense attorney Tom A. Black, which provided for a sentence at the Indiana Department of Corrections of 10 years of imprisonment. No part of the sentence was suspended. In addition, the State agreed, and Judge Bowen approved for Mr. Weirick to be subject to purposeful incarceration which gives him priority entry into intensive drug treatment while incarcerated and, if successfully completed, makes him eligible to petition the court for modification of his sentence.
The case began when an informant identified Weirick’s house as a place from which at least two individuals were manufacturing and selling methamphetamine. On January 15, 2013, the informant notified Officer Ryan Hollopeter of the Marshall County Police Department that one of the individuals previously identified as a cooker of meth had just arrived at the Weirick home. That individual soon left the premises with a female in a gray Pontiac automobile. Officers were able to observe a traffic violation committed by the driver of the Pontiac and effectuated a traffic stop. A subsequent investigation revealed methamphetamine possessed by the occupants of the vehicle. Statements were obtained from the occupants that led to the drafting of a search warrant that was approved by Judge Bowen later in the night.
The search warrant was executed at approximately 10:00 pm on January 15. Found in the search were numerous items associated with the manufacturing of methamphetamine. A quantity of methamphetamine was also found on the premises. Weirick was arrested at the time of the search and has been in the custody of the Marshall County Sheriff ever since.