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March 13, 2013

Anderson meth dealer sentenced to 24 years

Blackshear pleaded guilty to 2 of 3 charges

ANDERSON, Ind. — A man arrested three times in the past year on methamphetamine-related charges was sentenced Tuesday.

Carl Dustin Blackshear, 31, of Anderson, received a 24-year sentence with 16 fully executed in prison. Blackshear pleaded guilty to two of the three cases on Feb. 11. A third was thrown out by deputy prosecutor Jeff Lockwood as part of the plea agreement.

Madison Circuit Court 6 Judge Dennis Carroll handed down the sentence.

The most recent arrest of Blackshear was Dec. 3, when police raided Blackshear’s home in the 1200 block of East 29th Street, Anderson and found several bags of meth and numerous materials made in the production of meth, according to the probable cause affidavit of the incident.

Officers also arrested Blackshear’s girlfriend, Joann Stewart, 32, who was living with him at the time, as well as Ricky E. White, 43; William A. Washington, 34; and Roy M. Grissom Jr., 32, all of Anderson. The three admitted they were at the home to buy meth from Blackshear, according to probable cause affidavit. Their trials are still pending.

Blackshear had also been arrested on similar charges last March, April and May, and law enforcement officials believe he’s been a major player in the homemade meth-cooking cabal in Madison County for some time. Lockwood said getting Blackshear off the street marked a significant chip in community’s battle against meth.

“The good thing is that this slows down a major portion of meth production in the area. He wasn’t necessarily someone who led a group of people, but he cooked and he was able to convince a lot of people to provide ingredients.” Lockwood said. “The bad news is, that still represents just a small percentage of meth cooking in Madison County.”

Lockwood said the increase in arrests and convictions on meth-related charges in the county reflects a shift in priorities by the Madison County Drug Task Force. The shift led to nearly a doubling of meth labs dismantled in 2012 compared to 2011.

The Madison County Drug Task Force wants help from the public to bring down meth labs. Tips can be made anonymously. Signs to look for meth manufacturing are a strong ammonia or solvent smell like an auto body shop. Look for airline-type rubber tubing, ether or camp fuel cans, plastic bottles, pseudoephedrine packages, lithium battery casings and propane tanks with a blue or green discoloration around the valve. The chemicals are highly explosive and fumes are toxic to breathe and will damage internal organs.

If you have any information, call DTF’s direct line at 648-6796. DTF also offers group classes for drug education.

Find Jack Molitor on Facebook and @AggieJack4 on Twitter, or call 640-4883.

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