A Greenville man who police say was a major methamphetamine supplier in the Greenville area could spend up to 18 months behind bars.

Edward Barwell, 55, of 35 Clarksville St., was sentenced Thursday by Mercer County Common Pleas Judge Thomas R. Dobson to 9 to 18 months in county jail.

Barwell had pleaded guilty in May to possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and receiving stolen property.

Barwell’s wife, Colleen, 53, was sentenced by Dobson in February to 15 months’ probation for her role after pleading guilty a month earlier to conspiracy to possess a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The Barwells also agreed to waive their rights to 25 of 30 guns and more than $30,000 found in their home during a raid by state and federal agents.

Police said Mrs. Barwell, who worked at the Greenville post office for 20 years, and her husband operated a mail-order drug business, getting meth from California and selling it locally.

Court records show:

The county drug task force intercepted a package addressed to Barwell in January 2005 and a drug-sniffing dog detected the drugs.

An undercover narcotics agent from the state Attorney General’s office delivered the package, which contained about an ounce of crystal meth, to Barwell at home. After he took it, the agents announced they had a warrant and forced their way in.

Agents found Barwell in the bathroom and said he told them he flushed the meth down the toilet. A search of the home, however, turned up 29 grams, about an ounce, of crysal meth packaged in plastic bags and glass vials, $33,641, 30 guns and drug paraphernalia.

Police said Barwell told them he sold the drug for $50 a half-gram, making it worth about $2,900 on the street.

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