Ligonier man charged with attempting to manufacture meth
GOSHEN — Police found several items, including a digital “cookbook,” on a Ligonier man who was subsequently arrested for attempting to manufacture methamphetamine.
Gerald Sawicki, 52, appeared for his initial hearing Thursday, April 4 at the Elkhart Circuit Court. He has been formally charged with attempting to deal in meth, a Class B felony.
Police asked Sawicki to step out of his car after a traffic stop on the 1800 block of Lincolnway East on March 26, according to the probable cause affidavit for Sawicki’s case.
The officer could detected an odor of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle and from Sawicki. He conducted a search on Sawicki’s clothes and his car, and found a wooden box with a pipe. Both smelled strongly of marijuana.
Police found inside Sawicki’s coat a glove that contained a bottle with pills that tested positive for amphetamine, a controlled substance. They also found drain cleaner, coffee filters, pseudoephedrine, glass pipes, marijuana and methamphetamine.
An officer found a CD with the label “cookbook” on it. At the police station, the officer loaded the CD, which contained a file called “Clandestine Chemist’s Notebook,” and turned out to be a guide with instructions on how to manufacture methamphetamine and other drugs.
Sawicki was booked in the Elkhart County Jail on a $75,000 bond. He was appointed an attorney from the public defender’s office.
His trial was scheduled for July 8.