[IMGL=white]https://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=1242&pictureid=9810"][/IMGL]A Lafayette man convicted of cooking methamphetamine in a north-end garage was sentenced Thursday to 62 years in prison.
Jurors found Corey N. Fletcher, 33, guilty of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, a Class A felony, and information of illegal drug lab, a Class C felony, following a two-day trial last month in Tippecanoe Superior Court 1.
Judge Randy Williams then found Fletcher guilty of being a habitual offender -- a punishment enhancement that accounted for significant number of years to Thursday's sentence.
Fletcher was one of three people charged after the Lafayette Police Department's Street Crimes Unit found an active meth lab in a garage at 2117 Meharry St. on Oct. 21, 2009.
According to court documents, his co-defendants, Wesley A. Hampton, 33, and Walter R. Kujawa Jr., 32, both of Lafayette, were inside the garage.
Fletcher was not there, but he was named as a participant by Kujawa.
Fletcher testified during last month's trial, asserting that he was not involved. However, items found inside the garage were linked to Fletcher, including a large container of salt purchased that morning at a Lafayette grocery store.
Salt can be combined with other ingredients to finish cooking meth.
Fletcher did not speak at Thursday's sentencing hearing. His prison term will be followed by eight years on probation.
Kujawa pleaded guilty earlier this month for his involvement. Hampton is scheduled to plead guilty this morning in Superior Court 1.
AUGUST 20, 2010