Meth maker sent to slammer

Defendant shifts blame to former live-in girlfriend, gets 18 months in prison
Cary Ashby
Jan 9, 2013

Convicted methamphetamine manufacturer Jason E. Collier told the court he knows that buying a crucial ingredient in making the highly addictive illegal stimulant was wrong.

At the same hearing Tuesday, his attorney said his client's involvement was "minimal" and done "on behalf" of Collier's co-defendant, while essentially placing blame on the man's former live-in girlfriend and the mother of his son.

Collier, 34, of 8247 Ohio 61, Lot 3, Plymouth, was sentenced to 18 months in prison and fined $5,000 -- the mandatory minimum for illegally manufacturing methamphetamine. His driver's license also was suspended for six months.

"Mr. Woodruff hit the nail on the head," Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway said, referring to Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff. "While we struggle with heroin (use) here, we don't want to do anything to encourage methamphetamine use."

Collier, in late November, pleaded guilty to a third-degree felony in exchange for the state dismissing a similar, second-degree felony.

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

Police and the Huron County Sheriff's Office used a search warrant at a mobile home Collier owned. Authorities called in a meth expert from METRICH, who determined the chemicals inside could be used to manufacture meth, but he later concluded they weren't in production.

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.

"I believe she is in rehabilitation, drug treatment," Collier's defense attorney, Daniel Wightman, said Tuesday. "She had a very serious drug problem."

Collier and Pruitt lived together for many years.

"(My client) made several attempts to get her out of the environment he was in," Wightman said. "He wasn't using any drugs."

The couple eventually moved from South Carolina to Huron County.

Wightman said Collier, worried about their son, moved out of the mobile home he shared with Pruitt and moved in with his aunt and uncle. Collier's son now is living in South Carolina with Pruitt's mother.

"His major concern was the welfare of his son," Wightman said.

Between November 2011 and January 2012, Pruitt and Collier bought more than 9 grams of pseudoephedrine from about 12 pharmacies in Norwalk, Willard, Shelby and Mansfield. Pseudoephedrine is considered a crucial ingredient in making meth, a highly addictive illegal stimulant often cooked in homes with flammable components. According to the Ohio Revised Code, individuals are prohibited from buying more than 9 grams of pseudoephedrine within a period of 30 days.

"I am guilty of buying the pseudoephedrine for Andrea," said Collier in a brief comment Tuesday in which he said he knew what he did was wrong.

Comments

Sit n Spin

That first picture needs to go in the mugshot Hall of Fame ! She must be trying to breath through her mouth so she doesn't smell his body odor ! Lmao !

newspaperreader12

I doubt she smells right herself. ewww Meth chemicals sweating out has to be the worse

wholehearted

some lies in article

huronguy

That's the fattest meth user I've ever seen!

newspaperreader12

There is way fatter. Not all meth users are skinny, most but not all.

wholehearted

he used to be bigger

lugnut2511

I love the part the suspended his license, for 6 months..Uhmmm isnt he going to prison,,, lmao! N I agree pretty big boy for being a meth head...

ole45mag

He really should have done the cocaine in balloons up the butt thing like that chic last year. He could have smuggled one HECK of a lot and maybe it wouldn't of been noticed and he would of not gotten caught. I can't believe how meth actually has more of an bad effect on ones physical appearance than any drug, or alcohol, or even death. Sure weirds the skin up. Sort of lizardy.

wholehearted

going to prison under the disguise that he did nothing wrong but purchase sudafed.....hope he thinks about how bad he abused and physically harmed pruitt, and how terrible to blame everything on her, ..hope his conscience becomes active

wholehearted

he is big for meth head, but not meth maker.

blastor97

Finally a little justice! What a POS for shifting all the blame to her. I'm glad she's away from him and getting help with her addiction. He did make it on "her behalf", it's much easier to control and abuse someone when you feed their addiction and they can't leave because you've moved them to a place where they know no one and keep them isolated. Oh and FYI, he also collects a SS/disability check every month... so nice to see it being put to good use.

wholehearted

I agree, blastor97 he did abuse her, terribly.

blastor97

@wholehearted...thank you for that little bit of info and I will be sure to pass it along. I'm glad I'm not the only one that knew of the abuse Andrea was going through. And I'm not just making things up, I saw bruises and marks with my own eyes and not to mention the mental abuse that could only be seen in her eyes...

wholehearted

May you have some comfort in knowing that she is doing well. That is what I have heard. I also heard she speaks in churches and worships God everyday.

Sitting In The ...

Only 12 days into 2013 and we have another nominee for "loser of the year".

Sitting In The ...

He admits to making meth but denies ever using drugs...something about that seems incorrect.

wholehearted

yes, i agree, incorrect

Windy

No CBCF?