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March 7, 2014

Meth makers getting longer sentences

Three defendants in unrelated cases of methamphetamine manufacturing pleaded guilty and were sentenced to lengthy terms in prison out of the Rush Superior Court.

On Tuesday, March 4, Jason Middleton received an eight-year sentence for manufacturing methamphetamine. He was charged with a Class B Felony after he was caught making meth at his home in Arlington on Jan. 27, 2014 by the Indiana State Police. Middleton recently was released from prison for another methamphetamine-related conviction.

Donald McCullough was arrested in July, 2013, when Rushville Police Department officers stopped the vehicle he was in and found an active meth lab in it. McCullough pleaded guilty on Tuesday to manufacturing methamphetamine, a Class B Felony, and was sentenced to 10 years in the Indiana Department of Correction.

Later that same day, Chad Dishman, of Rushville, also pleaded guilty to manufacturing methamphetamine as a Class B Felony. He was sentenced to 12 years in the Department of Correction. Ten years will be served in an Indiana prison, and then Dishman will serve the remaining two years in the Rush County Community Corrections Program under house arrest. Dishman was arrested on May 13, 2013, by the Indiana State Police when they served a search warrant on Dishman’s residence and located a meth lab. Dishman made news again last month when he was arrested while out on bond for this offense.

Rush County Prosecutor Phil Caviness negotiated the sentences, and stated that “all three of these defendants were involved in small, ‘one pot’ meth labs that usually are for their own personal consumption and small sales of methamphetamine to other people. These are the most typical kind of methamphetamine manufacturing operations, and all meth production is a bad for the individuals involved and the community. I hope the punishments these defendants received will help others decide that meth is not worth risking many years in prison.”

Caviness also thanked the Rushville Police Department, Indiana State Police, and Rush County Sheriff’s Department for their hard work in these cases.

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