Elkhart woman sentenced to 10 years in prison for dealing in meth
GOSHEN — A woman who pleaded guilty to dealing in methamphetamine was sentenced Thursday, July 18, at the Elkhart Circuit Court.
Nichole Papet, 27, of Elkhart, was sentenced to 10 years in prison and four years on reporting probation, as stipulated in her plea bargain.
Papet pleaded guilty to dealing in meth as a lesser-included offense, a Class B felony. She initially was charged with dealing in meth within 1,000 feet of a housing complex, a Class A felony.
During her sentencing hearing, Papet told the judge she had attended Bible study courses as well as programs about drug addiction. Her attorney asked the judge to recommend addiction treatment at the Department of Correction.
According to the probable cause affidavit for her arrest, police arrested Billy Johnson for resisting law enforcement the evening of Jan. 12. While searching Johnson, officers found a key to a room at Residential Inn, located at 3214 S. Main St., Elkhart.
Police found Papet and Heather Poe, 25, in the room at Residential Inn. They also found one-pot meth lab reaction vessels and chemicals that are commonly used to manufacture meth. Police found small plastic bags, odium hydroxide, sulfuric acid and three empty boxes of a brand of pseudoephedrine. A white, powdery substance was also found inside the room that later tested positive for meth.
Both women were arrested that night.
Poe pleaded guilty to dealing in meth as a lesser-included offense, a Class B felony, June 6. She was sentenced July 3 in Circuit Court to four years in prison and six years on probation.