By Samantha Pidde Herald Staff Writer
The Clinton Herald
---- — CLINTON — A Camanche man admitted in court to manufacturing methamphetamine in connection with a May drug bust operated by Camanche and Clinton police.
Nathan Green, 34, could serve as much as 15 years in prison for charges of manufacturing meth and child endangerment. The defendant told District Court Judge Gary McKenrick on Thursday that between Aug. 23, 2011, and May 17, 2013, he manufactured meth. A class C felony, manufacturing meth carries a term of no more than 10 years in prison and a fine of between $1,000 and $50,000.
Camanche police began investigating Green and Kimberly A. Lane in January, noting suspicious pseudophedrine purchases, according to court affidavits. A search warrant was executed on May 17 at 620 Third Ave., Camanche. Green, Lane, Charles W. McKenrick, David P. Shamp and Seth A. Green were charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine in excess of 10 grams, possession of meth precursors and child endangerment.
Green was charged for child endangerment for allowing an 11-year-old child to be present at a location where the drug was being produced. Green wanted to clarify that the boy was in the house and the meth was in a garage on the property. However, he agreed that some contamination did occur.
Child endangerment is a class D felony, carrying as much as five years in prison, with a fine of between $750 and $7,500.
Assistant County Attorney Amanda Meyers will recommend incarceration, with the two sentences running consecutively. She said she would be willing to waive other enhancements to the sentence. Judge Gary McKenrick warned Green that he could be required to serve at least one-third of the sentence before available for parole.
Green is being held in the Clinton County jail without bail until the sentencing at 9 a.m. Sept. 5.