Christopher L. Siner has pleaded guilty to dealing and manufacturing illegal drugs and will be sentenced March 3 in Clay Circuit Court.
Monday was his original court date.
Siner, 41, of 5661 W. CR 1300S, Jasonville, changed his not guilty plea filed July 13, 2002, to guilty of Dealing and Manufacturing a Schedule 2 Controlled Substance, a Class B. felony. The crime is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Siner was arrested July 13, 2002, at his home. Police received a tip that he had purchased cans of starting fluid and a quantity of ephedrine.
The tip came from an employee of the Jasonville IGA who telephoned the Clay County Sheriff's Department late on July 12. He reported a customer had purchased four cans of starting fluid and several boxes of ephedrine. The employee then gave police the license plate number and a description of the vehicle.
Deputies Jon Lambert and Brian Pierce, Carbon Town Marshal Ron Keen and Reserve Deputy Matthew Marshall looked for the vehicle.
As the deputies approached Siner's residence, they smelled ether and noticed a fan in a rear window, venting fumes from the trailer.
Keen found Siner hiding behind a garage. Siner was read his rights and said he was the only person living in the trailer and was the owner of its contents.
Inside the trailer, police found cases of starting fluid and camping fuel, liquid fire, several lithium batteries and a large quantity of anhydrous ammonia in a freezer. Many of those items are used to make methamphetamine, a controlled substance.
They found almost all 40 feet of the residence was being used as a meth lab assembly line to manufacture the illegal drug.
Siner told police he was a chronic meth user and he had been making the drug inside the trailer for about three years. He then told police where he had placed quantities of meth and hypodermic syringes inside the trailer.
Siner reportedly had the largest meth lab ever found in Clay County. Police were aware of a large methamphetamine lab in the southern part of the county but could not locate it.