The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

July 4, 2013

Clinton man sentenced to prison for drug charge

Samantha Pidde Herald Staff Writer
The Clinton Herald

---- — CLINTON — A Clinton man received a suspended sentence for stealing methamphetamine precursors from Wal-Mart in March.

District Court Judge Mary Howes ordered Brett Ashley, 27, to serve no more than five years in prison for possession of meth precursors and 30 days in the Clinton County Jail for fifth-degree theft. These sentences were suspended and he was ordered to serve two years of probation. He must complete the Residential Corrections Facility program.

Ashley pleaded guilty May 23 and was sentenced Thursday. He was fined $750 and his driver’s license was revoked for 180 days. Two additional charges of possession of meth precursors were dismissed.

According to court documents, an employee in Wal-Mart’s loss prevention department observed Ashley select and conceal $54.93 worth of merchandise and leave without paying on March 1. The items stolen included Coleman camping fuel, lithium batteries, cold compresses containing ammonium nitrate and glycerine, containing 99.5 percent anhydrous, according to the affidavit.

Court documents continue that Ashley admitted the stolen items were for manufacturing meth. He added he had been present at a one pot or “shake and bake” meth cook in Clinton as recently as Feb. 27.