Christopher L. Siner, 41, Jasonville, pleaded guilty Monday to manufacturing and dealing a scheduled 2 Controlled Substance.
"You've given me every indication you're a changed person," Clay Circuit Court Judge Ernest Yelton said, accepting Siner's plea agreement. "I truly hope that it's so."
Siner received a 10-year sentence with four years suspended. He will serve six years in prison, with credit for 234 days time already served in the Clay County Jail. Upon his release from prison, he'll undergo a 2-year probationary period under electronically monitored home detention. He is also ordered to undergo substance abuse counseling.
Yelton warned Siner that if he is arrested on another offense after his release, he'll serve the suspended portion of the sentence.
Siner declined comment in the courtroom.
After receiving a tip that a customer at the Jasonville IGA had purchased cans of lighter fluid and a quantity of ephedrine, county police arrested Siner July 13, alleging Siner was operating the largest meth lab to date. He was manufacturing the illegal drug in a house trailer near Jasonville, where police found cases of starting fluid and camping fuel, liquid fire, several lithium batteries and a large quantity of anhydrous ammonia in a freezer inside the trailer. 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.