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Plea pending in meth case

Cary Ashby • Oct 31, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Attorneys are attempting to hash out a plea agreement for a Plymouth man accused of making methamphetamine.

Jason E. Collier, 33, of 4265 Ohio 61, Lot 3, is scheduled to go to trial Nov. 29 in Huron County Common Pleas Court. He is charged with two counts of illegal manufacture of drugs.

The pair of felonies stem from an investigation led by Willard Police Detective Jeremy Draper, which also involved METRICH, a 10-county drug task force. The probe, which lasted a little more than two weeks, resulted in the Feb. 13 arrests of Collier and his then-live-in girlfriend and co-defendant, Andrea D. Pruitt, 33.

On Monday, Judge Jim Conway said Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler and defense attorney Daniel Wightman told him they are "hopeful" they will reach a plea deal.

The court rescheduled a final pretrial hearing for the morning of Nov. 21.

Pruitt, in early May, pleaded guilty to attempted illegal manufacture of drugs. On June 29, she was ordered to complete the Christian-based Teen Challenge substance abuse program as part of her three years of intense probation.

Collier is out of jail on a $20,000 bond. He is subject to random drug screens.

The pair purchased more than 9 grams of pseudoephedrine from about 12 pharmacies in Norwalk, Willard, Shelby and Mansfield between September and January, according to Draper's warrant. Pseudoephedrine is considered a crucial ingredient in making meth, a highly addictive illegal stimulant often cooked in homes with flammable components.

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