Elkhart woman pleads guilty to dealing in methamphetamine

An Elkhart woman pleaded guilty to dealing in meth at the Elkhart Circuit Court.
Posted on June 6, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

GOSHEN — A woman charged with dealing in methamphetamine pleaded guilty to a lesser-included offense on Thursday, June 6, at Elkhart Circuit Court.

Heather Poe, 25, of 616 C.R. 3 N., Elkhart, was charged with dealing in meth as a Class A felony after she was arrested on Jan. 12. As part of the plea bargain, she pleaded guilty to dealing in meth as a Class B felony.

She agreed to a sentence of four years in prison and six years on probation.

Poe admitted to having committed the offense of dealing in meth by manufacturing it on Jan. 12.

According to the probable cause affidavit for Poe’s case, Billy Johnson, 31, of 2341 Morton Ave., exited a vehicle he was riding in when police attempted to make a traffic stop the evening of Jan. 12. After a short chase, police arrested Johnson and found a key to a Residential Inn room while searching him. Johnson told police a woman named Heather was staying in that room, according to the affidavit.

Police found Poe and another woman who identified herself as Nichole Papet at the inn room. They also detected a strong chemical odor that is usually associated with meth coming out of that room.

Police found one-pot reaction vessels and chemicals commonly used to manufacture meth. They also found small plastic bags, sodium hydroxide, sulfuric acid and three empty boxes of a brand of pseudoephedrine.

Papet is charged with dealing in meth. Her next hearing in court is scheduled for June 27.

Johnson pleaded guilty to resisting law enforcement, a class A misdemeanor, and was sentenced to one year at the Elkhart County Jail.

Poe’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for July 3 at 8:30 a.m.

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