September 18, 2014

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Man sentenced for purchasing too much Sudafed

MEDINA — A 42-year-old man will spend three years on probation for buying an excessive amount of an over-the-counter drug used in making methamphetamine.

Neil R. Thomas, of Mechanicstown southeast of Canton, was sentenced Tuesday by Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier.

Thomas was convicted in September of possessing materials for the assembly of methamphetamine, a third-degree felony punishable by up to three years in prison.

At the hearing where he pleaded guilty, Thomas said he bought four boxes of Sudafed — which contains pseudophedrine, an ingredient used in making meth — in exchange for $40 from his friend, William Johnson.

Johnson, 49, of Wadsworth, was sentenced to five years of probation last week after pleading guilty in May to illegal assembly of meth and two counts of aggravated drug possession.

Thomas told Collier that he knew he made a mistake.

“I will, if given the opportunity, do what I need to make this right,” Thomas said. “I messed up.”

Collier told Thomas he would send him to prison for three years if he violated probation.

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