ELYRIA — One of five people arrested after a Lorain County sheriff’s deputy discovered a mobile methamphetamine lab in October agreed Thursday to cooperate with prosecutors in a plea deal.
Adam Spears, 34, of Lorain, pleaded guilty to illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs and possessing criminal tools.
Spears agreed to cooperate in the prosecution of four other defendants in the case.
He will be required to provide truthful testimony subject to polygraph verification if requested, according to the plea deal.
Illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs is a third-degree felony punishable by nine to 36 months in prison and up to a $10,000 fine, and possessing criminal tools is a fifth-degree felony punishable by six to 12 months in prison and up to a $2,500 fine.
A more serious charge of illegal manufacture of drugs was dropped but could be reinstated if Spears does not comply with terms of the deal. That charge is a second-degree felony punishable by two to eight years in prison and up to a $15,000 fine.
Spears and four others were arrested after Deputy Anthony Damiano pulled over a 1999 Chevy Prizm in Sheffield Township and discovered that no one in the car, including the driver, Shadd Boggs, had a driver’s license.
A search of the car and of those inside of it turned up equipment and ingredients for making meth in a process known as a “one pot” method, according to the Lorain County Drug Task Force. Sheffield Township firefighters donned protective clothing to remove hazardous materials, which had to be destroyed because they are considered toxic waste.
Boggs, who already was facing charges for a Lorain meth lab bust earlier this year, was charged with illegal manufacture of drugs, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, possessing criminal tools and driving under suspension.
Elizabeth Jones, who also goes by the name Elizabeth Lapash, and Donathon Herron were charged with illegal manufacture of drugs and illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs.
Abby Andrey faces the same charges as Jones and Herron, along with possession of drugs.
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