Church pleads guilty to “Meth Lab” charges

March 21, 2012

A Clare County man is headed to prison after being sentenced on a drug conviction.

According to the Morning Sun:

“Shannon Kelly Church, 39, was sentenced to 16 months to five years in prison for attempting to operate or maintain a methamphetamine lab involving hazardous waste; and 16 months to two years for maintaining a drug house.

Church, of Clare, entered a guilty plea Feb. 21 to the charges; in exchange for the plea, operating/maintaining a drug house involving hazardous waste; and operating/maintaining a drug house near specified places charges were dropped, Clare County Prosecutor Michelle Ambrozaitis said.

Clare County Chief Circuit Judge Thomas Evans also ordered Church to pay $1,694.92 in restitution to the Bay Area Narcotics Enforcement Team for hazardous waste cleanup costs; and other fines and costs, Ambrozaitis said.

He was given credit for 46 days served in jail.

Clare Police Sgt. Brian Gregory began an investigation Nov. 12 after Churches’ landlord reported his concerns about chemical smells coming from his apartment, Ambrozaitis said.

Churches’ landlord also told police he heard at a local hardware store that Church had been buying items related to the cooking of meth, she said.

Gregory’s investigation confirmed that Church had been cooking meth in his apartment, Ambrozaitis said.

Churches’ then- girlfriend is also alleged to have been involved and is also facing charges, she said.

Bridget Fifield, 30, was charged with the same offenses as Church and entered on Monday the same plea, Ambrozaitis said.

Fifield is likely to be sentenced to jail rather than prison because of her limited criminal history, Ambrozaitis said.

At the time Gregory investigated, there was no meth being cooked, Church had the components to make the drug and the hazardous waste from previous cooks, Ambrozaitis said.

Officers from the Bay Area Narcotics Enforcement Team assisted in the investigation.

Church was charged Nov. 14, Ambrozaitis said.”

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