Salem man sentenced to 5 years probation for making meth

MARION COUNTY — A 25-year-old rural Salem man was sentenced Tuesday in Marion County court to 5-years probation, after he pleaded guilty last month to a Class X charge of meth manufacturing between 100 and 400 grams.

As part of the plea agreement, Jerrad Middleton will remain in the Marion County Jail until he is admitted into inpatient treatment.

Middleton was arrested in July 2014, after an investigation by the Marion County Sheriff’s Department into his large purchases of pseudoephedrine.

An eventual search of a camper in which Middleton was staying revealed a bottle that had been used to manufacture meth, along with a number of other items used in the manufacture of meth and used hypodermic needles.

Middleton subsequently admitted to making meth outside the camper approximately 20 times and later burning the meth waste in a burn barrel on the property.

During cleanup of the scene, the State Meth Response Team located an active “shake-and-bake” bottle in a van behind the camper.

Middleton’s plea agreement also included the dismissal of another charge of the same offense and requires he abstain from drugs and alcohol, with random testing.