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October 25, 2011

Appanoose County man pleads guilty to a reduced drug charge

He and two other defendants were charged with meth manufacturing near Central Elementary in Centerville.

CENTERVILLE — An Appanoose County man pleaded guilty to a reduced  possession of an illegal drug precursor charge, a class D felony, and was sentenced to prison, which was suspended to probation.

Thomas Elden Cole Jr., 24, of 411 E. Prairie St., Centerville, accepted a plea deal and announced his guilt Aug. 30 to the reduced charge. Cole Jr.'s plea happened the same day Appanoose County Attorney Richard F. Scott amended his trial information to include count II, possession of a precursor, pseudoephedrine, "with the intent that the product be used to manufacture a controlled substance," a class D felony.

Scott had originally charged Cole Jr. with one count of conspiracy to manufacture a schedule II controlled substance, methamphetamine, more than five grams, a class B felony on Feb. 15, 2011. Cody Wayne Cole, 21 and Dorothy Izetta Cole, 44, both of 411 E. Prairie St., also were charged with the same criminal offense in Scott's trial information.

"The Defendants, on or about the 4th day of January, 2011, in Appanoose County did unlawfully and knowingly act with, enter into a common scheme of design with, or conspire with one or more persons to manufacture a controlled substance (Methamphetamine)," reads trial information Scott filed on Feb. 15, 2011.

On Oct. 11 Judge Lucy J. Gamon sentenced Cole Jr. on the amended count II charge to credit for any time served, five years in state prison, suspended to five years probation with the 8th Judicial District Department of Correctional Services.

The court dismissed count I, the original charge, on Oct. 11.

Dorothy Izetta Cole entered a voluntary guilty plea to the lesser charge of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, a class C felony, on June 7, 2011. On Aug. 9 Judge James Q. Blomgren sentenced her to to 10 years in state prison, suspended to five years probation with the 8th Judicial District Department of Correctional Services, credit for any time served and 365 days at the Ottumwa Residential Facility.

Cody Wayne Cole on Oct. 11, 2011 entered a voluntary guilty plea to the lesser charge of conspiracy to manufacture less than five grams of methamphetamine, a class C felony.

Cody Wayne Cole is scheduled to be sentenced on that charge Dec. 27, 2011.

The criminal complaint and affidavit filed Jan. 7, 2011 by Centerville Police Officer Jeremy Cole states "an ongoing investigation into the conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine by Thomas Elden Cole Jr., Dorothy Izetta Cole, Randy Wayne Cole and Cody Wayne Cole was conducted." The investigation focused on the residence at 411 E. Prairie St., Centerville, located within 1,000 feet of Central Elementary School. The investigation revealed Cole Jr., Cody Cole and Randy Cole were "on the National Precursor Log Exchange for several purchases of pseudoephedrine." Cole Jr. "was identified on a security cameras at the Kum & Go Store on N. 18th Street in Centerville, purchasing two (2) cans of starting fluid."

Law enforcement officers executed a search on Jan. 4, 2011 at 6:44 a.m. at 411 E. Prairie St. and discovered "lithium battery casings, punched starting fluid cans, clear plastic tubing, fertilizer spikes, drain opener, a sludge substance, suspected methamphetamine, and other items conducive to the manufacture of methamphetamine."

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