July 2, 2016

Mostly clear

Man guilty of purchasing meth ingredient

MEDINA — A 42-year-old man was convicted Monday of buying excessive amounts of over-the-counter drugs used in making methamphetamine.

Neil R. Thomas, of Mechanicstown, southeast of Canton, pleaded guilty to a count of possessing materials for the assembly of methamphetamine, a third-degree felony punishable by up to three years in prison.

Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier questioned Thomas on the circumstances.

At first, Thomas said he bought the cold medication Sudafed — which contains pseudophedrine, an ingredient used in making methamphetamine — for his own use. He later admitted to the judge that he bought it for a friend knowing the man would use it to make methamphetamine.

Thomas said he bought four boxes and charged his friends an additional $10 per box.

“For 40 bucks, you’re looking at felony three,” Collier told Thomas.

Thomas was placed on a drug monitoring program. He told the judge he won’t test positive for drugs because he hasn’t used any since high school.

Collier is scheduled for sentence Thomas on Nov. 12.

Thomas’ friend, 49-year-old William Johnson, faces an identical charge and two counts of aggravated drug possession. He’s awaiting sentencing and could face up to five years in prison.

Thomas is free on 10 percent of a $15,000 bond, and Johnson is being held without bond.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.

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Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.