Jeremy Hill, 32, of Argos, was sentenced Wednesday, June 11th in Marshall Superior Court Number 1 to 10 years imprisonment for manufacturing methamphetamine in his Argos home. In open court, Hill previously admitted that on February 12, 2014, he had manufactured methamphetamine in his on Williams Street in Argos. Court documents noted numerous items associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine were found in the residence.
Judge Robert O. Bowen approved an agreement reached between Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Nelson Chipman and defense attorney Jeff Houin, which provided for an executed term of imprisonment of 10 years at the Indiana Department of Corrections. Hill was also ordered to undergo intensive drug rehabilitation through the purposeful incarceration program.
The case began on February 12 when several Marshall County Probation Officers visited numerous probationers, while accompanied with law enforcement officers from the Indiana State Police. Troopers Jason Faulstich and Rodd Schuh accompanied Probation Officer James Bendy and Abby Caswell unannounced to the home of Hill located on Williams Street in Argos. Hill already had previously submitted a urine sample that tested positive for methamphetamine. A warrant for his arrest was outstanding at that time.
After knocking on Hill’s door, and after waiting several minutes, the officers gained admission to the home and began to see in plain view various items that are associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine. Among those items were open lithium batteries in the freezer and a plastic bag containing soiled coffee filters smelling of chemical odors. Eventually several HCL generators, pseudoephedrine blister packs, Coleman fuel cans and a one pot reaction vessel were located. A spoon and hypodermic needle were also located that tested positive for methamphetamine.
Chipman praised the officers from the Probation Department for their initiative to go to the homes of their probationers to check for compliance with probation terms. “Its through the efforts of people like Caswell and Bendy and Steve Harner and Ricardo Fallon that eventually word will spread that if you are given a break and put on probation for part of your sentence, we expect compliance with the terms of probation and obedience to the law.”