Crystal Bloomfield, 38 of Plymouth, was sentenced on Thursday (May 8, 2014) in Marshall Superior Court No. 1 to 10 years imprisonment for manufacturing methamphetamine at a rural Argos location. In open court, Bloomfield admitted that on May 6, 2013, she assisted Travis Howell in the manufacturing of methamphetamine at his residence on Kenilworth Road near Argos.
Judge Robert O. Bowen approved an agreement reached between Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Nelson Chipman and defense attorney Tom Black, which provided for a sentence at the Indiana Department of Corrections of 10 years of imprisonment on the charge of manufacturing methamphetamine. Four years of the sentence was suspended, thus calling for an executed term of 6 years in prison. The agreed sentence also directs Bloomfield to undertake intensive drug rehabilitation through the purposeful incarceration program.
The case was initiated by Indiana State Police officers Jason Faulstich and Keith Bikowski. On April 30, 2013, the ISP officers executed a search warrant at 313 W. Washington St., in Plymouth. The subjects of that search revealed that Bloomfield and Howell were involved in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. The investigation led to a residence on Kenilworth Road, and the home of relatives of Howell’s. The owners of the residence gave permission to the ISP officers to search certain areas of the home and barn. That search revealed numerous items related to the manufacture of methamphetamine. A subsequently acquired search warrant permitted the confiscation of methamphetamine related items in other areas of the premises. Further investigation revealed that both Howell and Bloomfield purchased pseudoephedrine based products from different area pharmacies on numerous occasions within the last 16 months.
Chipman stated, “Under current sentencing guidelines, Ms. Bloomfield has a little more than two years yet to serve on her sentence. It is with sincerity we hope Ms. Bloomfield gets the drug treatment she needs to break this cycle of addiction and lawlessness.”