By DEANNE JOHNSON
LISBON - One of the four people charged in connection with a methamphetamine lab in New Waterford in February was sentenced to a five-year prison term in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court.
Bradley Carpenter, 28, Creek Road, New Waterford, pleaded guilty in June to illegal manufacture of methamphetamine, prohibitions concerning the purchase of pseudoephredrine (a drug used in the manufacture of methamphetamines) and illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacturing of methamphetamine.
Besides the five years, Carpenter was fined $17,500 by Judge C. Ashley Pike. He received a 12-month prison term for an unrelated receiving stolen property offense, but will be allowed to serve it concurrent to the drug charges.
Carpenter was one of four people found cooking methamphetamines inside a Silliman Street home in February. Police had been in the area investigating a child endangering complaint when they reportedly found Carpenter, Daniel Todd, Heidi Todd and Jill Fulton inside the home, as well as children. The children have since been removed and are in the custody of relatives, according to the prosecutor's office.
Prosecutors are crediting a collaborative effort involving police in East Palestine, New Waterford, the Columbiana County Drug Task Force and the County Prosecutor's office.
Daniel Todd, 34, Silliman Street, New Waterford, pleaded guilty on Monday to illegal manufacture of methamphetamine and illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of methamphetamine, prohibitions concerning the purchase of pseudoephedrine and two counts of possession of drugs. The prosecutor's office will recommend a five-year prison term for Todd at his sentencing hearing in October.
Additionally, Heidi Todd, 34, Silliman Street, New Waterford, remains scheduled for a trial in November on charges of illegal manufacture of methamphetamine and illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of methamphetamine, endangering children and two counts of possession of drugs.
Fulton, 38, West Martin Street, East Palestine, is charged with complicity to the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine and complicity to the illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of methamphetamine. A jury trial is scheduled for Aug. 26.