Woman accused of dealing in meth sentenced

An Elkhart woman was sentenced in Circuit Court after she pleaded guilty to dealing in methamphetamine.
Posted on July 3, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on July 3, 2013 at 4:40 p.m.

GOSHEN — A woman who pleaded guilty to dealing in methamphetamine was sentenced in Elkhart Circuit Court Wednesday, July 3.

Heather Poe, 25, of 616 C.R. 3 N., Elkhart, was sentenced to four years in prison and six years on probation. She pleaded guilty to dealing in meth as a Class B felony on June 6.

Poe was arrested Jan. 12 after police found her and another woman cooking meth in a one-pot lab at an inn room on the south side of Elkhart.

During Poe’s sentencing hearing, Circuit Court judge Terry Shewmaker asked Poe for a solution to the issue of drug addictions — in her case, to meth addiction.

Poe admitted she started using marijuana at age 18. She told the court she now sees marijuana as a gateway drug. Poe said she wanted a chance for herself and anyone who is going through an addiction.

“It’s always going to be a problem as long as there isn’t treatment,” she said.

But the judge pointed out that only 6 percent of people addicted to meth are successful at completing treatment.

Still, he recommended drug addictions treatment for Poe at the Department of Correction.

According to the probable cause affidavit for Poe’s arrest, police arrested a man named Billy Johnson, 31, after attempting to make a traffic stop the evening of Jan. 12. While searching Johnson, police found the key to a room at Residential Inn, where Poe was staying.

According to the affidavit, officers found Poe and another woman, who identified herself as Nichole Papet, 27, in the inn room. Police found one-pot reaction vessels and chemicals used to manufacture meth. Police searched the room and found small plastic bags, sodium hydroxide, sulfuric acid and three empty boxes of a brand of pseudoephedrine.

Papet and Poe were arrested at the inn that night.

Papet pleaded guilty to dealing in meth as a lesser included offense on June 13. Papet’s sentencing hearing has been scheduled for July 18 at 8:30 a.m.

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