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Johns receives 25 years for manufacturing meth

Published: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 10:58 a.m. CDT

Michael David Johns, 35, 701 W. Jefferson Apt. 1, was sentenced to 25 years in prison on July 12, after he was found guilty of conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance (methamphetamine).

Union County Attorney Tim Kenyon said a narcotics investigation in 2012 led to the discovery of more than 12 individuals, who were involved in the conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamines. Information gathered from the initial narcotics investigation resulted in the execution of additional search warrants in January.

“You need a number of ingredients to manufacture methamphetamines,” said Kenyon. “These individuals were taking turns providing materials to whomever was making it that day.”

Background

According to a Creston Police report on Jan. 15, Johns was charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of a precursor to manufacture methamphetamine. State narcotics agents and Creston Police officers had probable cause, resulting from a narcotics investigation to believe Johns conspired with others to manufacture methamphetamine. Pseudoephedrine purchase records indicated Johns cooperated with others to obtain precursors used to manufacture methamphetamine. Witness statements and evidence seized from another person’s residence corroborate Johns’ statements and showed more than 5 grams of methamphetamine were manufactured.

Parole

Kenyon said the charge conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamines violated the conditions of Johns’ parole from a prior conviction on the same charge.

“His parole was revoked,” said Kenyon. “The parole will need to be served before he can serve time for his current charges.”

Court documents state the term of Johns incarceration may be reduced as a result of good conduct, but he must serve at least one third of the new 25 year sentence.

Kenyon said the outcome of the sentencing was “positive” and he has done everything to “reasonably protect the community from further offenses” by Johns.

As for Johns actual release date, Kenyon said “it’s now up to the parole board to make those determinations.”

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