The man responsible for a meth lab at the former Larwill Mobile Home Park in March, when smoke was emitting through the seams of the trailer, was sentenced to three years in prison.
Charles E. Duncan, 41, last known address of 505 W. Larwill St., Lot 30, was sentenced Tuesday in Wayne County Common Pleas Court after he changed his plea to guilty to charges of illegal manufacture of drugs (second-degree felony) and an amended count of aggravated possession of drugs (fifth-degree felony).
He will not be eligible for early release from prison.
In return, a charge of illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs was dismissed.
"I apologize to the court and to the county for my actions," Duncan said. "I can say it will never happen again."
Duncan was found at the former mobile home park March 21 where Wooster police officers were called on information of an active meth cook. Once officers arrived, Duncan ran back inside the trailer; officers noticed smoke coming from it.
They ran inside to get Duncan and initially thought the trailer was on fire. But an active one-pot meth cook was found. He was the only person at the trailer.
When law enforcement spoke to Duncan, smoke was seen coming from his hands and clothes.
Officers with the Medway Drug Enforcement Agency cleared the scene and located all of the ingredients to make meth inside the trailer.
Assistant prosecutor Jodie Schumacher told the court the dangers these meth labs pose, as Judge Mark K. Wiest presided over the case.
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