The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


February 28, 2014

Meth manufacturing leads to prison time for Camanche man

CLINTON — A Camanche man will serve as much as 10 years in prison for manufacturing methamphetamine in a home with two juvenile children.

District Court Judge Mark Lawson sentenced Brandon Green to no more than 10 years in prison for conspiracy to manufacture meth and as much as two years for child endangerment. Lawson chose not to suspend the defendant’s prison sentence, as Defense Attorney Matt Noel asked, due to Green’s “extensive” criminal history and previous drug convictions. The sentences will be served concurrently.

Assistant County Attorney Amanda Myers waived the one-third minimum sentence and recommended that the sentences run concurrently, based on information he provided to law enforcement. She told Lawson that the defendant cooperated with ongoing investigations.

Noel requested his client receive probation, explaining that Green has a serious substance abuse problem. He added that his client was clean for awhile, before sliding back into his addiction.

“Unfortunately for my client, he is pretty good at manufacturing meth and his skills are at a somewhat high demand,” Noel said. “He just wants his chance to show he can become a productive member of society.”

Noel called Clinton Police Sgt. Ron Heeren to the stand to talk about the level of cooperation Green has given since his arrest. Heeren agreed that the defendant provided a great deal of information on local drug activity that he anticipated will be useful.

Based on this cooperation, Noel asked Lawson to grant Green a second chance. Green also apologized to the court for his actions and his dependence on methamphetamine.

“I got wrapped up in it,” Green said.

Green’s charges are related to an Oct. 31 search warrant at 616 Fourth Ave., Camanche, where he and Erin Draper lived. Court documents state that the search revealed one-pot meth labs and a variety of meth precursors. Draper admitted to supplying Green with pseudoephedrine to manufacture meth and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture meth and child endangerment on Feb. 13.

Lawson considered the defendant’s request for probation, but ultimately decided that Green’s criminal history and the fact that children were in the house warranted incarceration. He said the only reason he was waiving the one-third minimum and running the sentences concurrently was Green’s cooperation with law enforcement.

Fines of $750 and $625 were suspended. Green’s driver’s license was revoked for 180 days and he is required to submit a DNA sentence.



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