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November 8, 2013

More guilty pleas in recent meth cases

CLINTON — Three more Clinton County residents pleaded guilty Thursday in connection with recent area methamphetamine labs.

District Court Judge Gary McKenrick took pleas from three defendants, including two that are connected by the same drug case. Nathan M. Spooner, 36, and Sara Teske, 32, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture meth, with the agreement that Assistant County Attorney Amanda Meyers will not seek the habitual offender enhancement on the case.

A class C felony, the conspiracy charge carries as much as 10 years incarceration and a fine of between $1,000 and $50,000. Both Teske and Spooner will be required to serve a minimum of one-third of the sentence before they are eligible for parole.

According to court documents, Spooner and Teske were arrested after an undercover agent with the Iowa Division of Narcotis Enforcement set up a transaction of pseudoephedrine pills and lithium batteries in exchange for a small amount of meth from Teske. Clinton police officers set up surveillance in the Walgreens parking lot, near South Fourth Street. According to the affidavit, Teske and Spooner arrived in a vehicle driven by Nathan Johnson.

Teske made the transaction and was immediately arrested and Johnson and Spooner were taken into custody, according to the affidavit. Court documents continue that during an interview, Teske admitted that she and Spooner were headed to Johnson’s house to make methamphetamine with the precursors she received from the undercover agent. She also admitted to being present at his residence on more than 10 occasions, while Spooner made meth.

In court Thursday, Teske agreed that between August and Sept. 19, she was part of a plan or agreement to manufacture meth. Spooner admitted to planning to manufacture meth between January and Sept. 19.

Teske’s attorney, Les Blair, asked McKenrick to proceed with immediate sentencing and allow his defendant to be released on electronic monitoring to settle her affairs before going to prison. However, Meyers resisted this request, pointing out that Teske was previously on supervised probation, but became involved with this conspiracy.

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