A Greenfield man arrested in April following the discovery of an active one-pot meth lab is heading to prison.
Mark L. Ward Jr., 21, pled guilty to third-degree felony illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs and was sentenced to 30 months in prison.
One count of second-degree felony illegal manufacture of drugs was dismissed.
Ward was one of three arrested after an April traffic stop by Greenfield police where an inventory of the vehicle turned up an active one-pot meth lab as well as chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine.
Highland County Prosecutor Anneka Collins on Friday said that Ward has no criminal history as an adult.
According to the sentencing recommendation in the plea agreement, the state will not oppose judicial release to the STAR residential treatment program after he has served six months.
In other hearings, two men this week who admitted to violating their community control by being terminated from a residential treatment program last month have been sentenced to prison.
Jacob Eddie Cowman, 23, Greenfield, was sentenced to a total of two and a half years in prison, while Herman B. Quarles, 32, Sabina, was sentenced to a year and half in prison.
Cowman in March was sentenced to community control and the STAR residential treatment facility after he pled guilty to third-degree felony grand theft and heroin trafficking charges.
Quarles in January was ordered to complete the STAR program. That order came after he was found guilty of violations in a case where in August he was sentenced to community control and treatment after pleading guilty to a third-degree felony illegal assembly charge.
In another matter, in a video hearing from prison, Pamela Moore, 56, was denied judicial release.
As a basis for the denial, Highland County Common Pleas Court Judge Rocky Coss cited Moore’s criminal record as well as the inmate’s “previous performance” on supervision.
Moore was sentenced to 12 months in prison in June 2015. That sentence was ordered to run consecutive to another Highland County case she was in prison for at that time.
According to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction’s website, Moore is serving a total of two and a half years with her combined prison sentences up in May 2017.
Mark A. Argueta, 40, Washington C.H., pled guilty to third-degree felony failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, a charge stemming from an April incident where he led Greenfield police on a chase from the village to Washington C.H.
He is scheduled to be sentenced next month. According to the plea agreement, the state and defense will argue sentencing.
Reach Angela Shepherd at 937-393-3456, ext. 1681, or on Twitter @wordyshepherd.
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