A former Plymouth resident was sentenced in Marshall County Superior Court 1 to 10 years in prison with four years suspended Friday after she pleaded guilty in a plea agreement to a charge of Manufacturing Methamphetamine.
The charge stems from an incident on Dec. 28, 2011 where Sarah Tabor, 21, was arrested in Starke County and told detectives that an active methamphetamine lab was in her apartment on Washington Street in Plymouth. Plymouth officers arrived at the scene and noticed a strong chemical coming from that apartment. They were concerned for the safety of the neighbors and gained entry into the apartment to locate and secure the source of the chemical smell. When inside, the officers found a backpack with items that are used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. After securing those items, officers exited the apartment to await arrival of the landlord who gave consent to search the apartment more thoroughly.
Tabor later filed a motion to suppress that evidence alleging that the police department illegally entered the apartment. Prosecutor Chipman argued that the officers were attempting to ensure the safety of the public, and Judge Robert Bowen agreed.
The Prosecutor and defense attorney Joe Morris then negotiated a plea agreement which was accepted by Judge Bowen.