Two Charged In Multi-State Meth Ring Sentenced
By Mike Perleberg
(Dearborn County, Ind.) – At least two of the 25 people charged in connection with a large methamphetamine cooking operation have pleaded guilty and been sentenced.
In February, Dearborn County prosecutors announced the bust that included people being paid to purchase psuedoephedrine in Lawrenceburg. The drug, a key ingredient in making meth, was then allegedly taken by Sam Spicer, 41, and Lisa Ellis, 34, both of Rising Sun, to a home in Oxford, Ohio to be manufactured into meth.
Ellis was ordered by Dearborn Circuit Court Judge James D. Humphrey on April 17th to serve a 20 year sentence with 10 years in prison following a plea agreement in which she pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Dealing in Methamphetamine (Class B felony). Ellis was credited with 118 good time days served in jail since her arrest. She is eligible for a purposeful incarceration program which, if she completes it successfully, could reduce her sentence.
In addition to her prison and probation, Ellis must also testify at any other court proceedings requested by prosecutors.
Terry Woodruff, of Lawrenceburg, was among those who agreed to purchase psuedoephedrine for Ellis and Spicer. He pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Possession of Precursors (Class D felony) also on April 17th. Humphrey ordered him to serve three years with one year to be spent in prison followed by two on probation. He was credited with 114 good time days.
Almost two dozen more suspects including suspected ring leader Spicer have cases still pending in Dearborn County court.