By Samantha Pidde
Herald Staff Writer
---- — CLINTON — A Camanche man will serve as much as 10 years in prison for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.
Everett J. Clark, 35, 2802 U.S. 67, Camanche, pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to manufacture meth and asked to be sentenced that same day. Judge Gary McKenrick sentenced him to no more than 10 years in the Iowa Department of corrections and fined him $1,000. The fine was suspended.
Clark admitted in court that between Nov. 16, 2012 and July 2, 2013, he entered into an agreement with at least one other person to manufacture meth. According to court documents, his arrest stemmed from a July 2 search of Scott Richardson’s home at 2802 U.S. 67, Camanche, where Clark also resided.
The affidavit continues that during the search, Camanche police found containers with materials for the manufacture of meth inside the house. Remnants of meth materials also were discovered outside, in a burn pile.
Needles discovered inside the residence tested positive for meth.
While Clark does have two previous convictions, Assistant County Attorney Amanda Meyers did not seek any habitual offender enhancement, pointing out that his other convictions were not drug related. Defense Attorney Nathan Tucker asked McKenrick to waive the one-third mandatory minimum for the sentence. The request was granted.
A charge of possession of precursors was dismissed.