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May 17, 2013

Meth lab cook pleads guilty to drug charge

MERCER COUNTY — The alleged cook of a methamphetamine lab raided by drug agents last summer has entered a guilty plea, the third of five people arrested that day to do so.

Aaron W. “Bob” Allmon, 35, of Orwell, Ohio, pleaded guilty Monday to a charge of possession of meth with intent to deliver.

Sarah A. Hetrick, 30, of 59 Thompson Road, Perry Township, pleaded guilty in March to a charge of manufacture of meth in a residence with a child present, and Jesse A. Sullivan, 33, of 1911 Bachop Road, Sheakleyville, pleaded guilty that same month to possession of meth.

Sullivan was sentenced May 9 to 3 months to 1 year in jail and paroled for having served 210 days.

Charges are pending against the owner of the property, Donald D. Sturgin, 35, of 237 Carey Road, and his girlfriend, Callie T. Bothun, 35, of 10 S. Second St., Greenville.

Agents of the state Attorney General’s office in March charged 13 people with supplying ingredients for Allmon to make meth.

Kenneth L. Williams Jr. testified at a preliminary hearing in August that he became friendly with Sturgin over the course of about a year, and they progressed to drinking and taking drugs together.

Williams said he alerted police after seeing Hetrick’s 2-year-old son at Sturgin’s mobile home where meth was made five or six times.

Drug agents raided the property July 20 and found four soft drink bottles containing meth and the ingredients to make it. Agents also found other ingredients and equipment for making meth, two bags of marijuana, two pot plants and a .45-caliber handgun.

Agents found the five who were charged at the scene and arrested them, and said that Bothun and Allmon also had been living there.

Hetrick later told authorities Allmon would trade one-half gram of meth for a box of Sudafed pills. The active ingredient in Sudafed, pseudoephedrine, is a key ingredient in meth.

Hetrick identified other locations where Allmon made meth, and that others also provided ingredients such as cold packs and empty pop bottles in order for Allmon to make meth.

The gun found by agents was traded by a man to Allmon for $100 worth of meth, agents said. The man has not been charged.

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