By Jack Molitor
The Herald Bulletin
---- — ANDERSON — Three county men are on their way to prison on methamphetamine charges after being sentenced Monday.
George Skeen, 48, of Anderson; Jeremy D. Plummer, 25, of Elwood; and Roy Grissom, 33, of Anderson received prison time in separate cases, all heard and sentenced by Madison Circuit Court 3 Judge Thomas Newman.
Skeen received a 10-year sentence on a charge of Class B manufacturing methamphetamine for an incident on March 25. According to a probable cause affidavit by the arresting officer, the Madison County Drug Task Force had grown suspicious of Skeen after drug logs indicated he had bought pseudoephedrine, the key ingredient in meth production, 25 times in the past year and had been blocked 23 times. State law regulates how much pseudoephedrine can be purchased in a month.
Officers were given permission to search his home in the 1600 block of Morton Street and found ammonia, fuel, sulfuric acid, pseudoephedrine, battery casings and other precursors used in cooking meth. Skeen had also been arrested just six days prior on charges of manufacturing meth and arson. He pleaded guilty to all charges on July 15.
Plummer also received a 10-year sentence on a charge of dealing meth, a Class B felony. According to a probable cause affidavit by the arresting officer, DTF officers came to Plummer's home in the 200 block of 12th Street, Elwood, and saw Plummer shaking a bottle through an upstairs window.
When they questioned him about it, Plummer said he was making Kool-Aid. Police found meth, empty pseudoephedrine packs, Coleman fuel, hydrochloric acid and other chemicals used to make meth in the home. DTF had been tracking his purchases for some time and had tried to speak to him on previous occasions.
Grissom was a co-defendant in a four-person meth bust in December 2012 and received six years on a charge of dealing methamphetamine.
On Dec. 5, Grissom was arrested along with Carl D. Blackshear, 31; Joann Stewart, 32; and William A. Washington, 34, when police raided Blackshear's home in the 1200 block of East 29th Street, Anderson. Officers found several bags of meth and numerous precursors, according to the probable cause affidavit of the incident.
Blackshear, believed to be the ringleader and a major player in meth cooking in Madison County, received a 24-year sentence after pleading guilty earlier this year. Washington and Stewart both pleaded guilty as well, and were sentenced to 14 and two years, respectively.
Deputy prosecutor Rosemary Khoury said she didn't pursue a greater punishment for Grissom because he was already in prison and serving a long sentence.
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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.