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Indian River man gets 6-20 years on meth charge

Submitted by on April 16, 2010 – 6:04 amNo Comment

A known sex offender from Indian River is headed to prison for maintaining a methamphetamine lab.

Jessie James Cole, 32, was sentenced this week to a prison term of 6-20 years.   In November 2009, he was pulled over by Tuscarora Township Police and arrested on a pending Sex Offender Registration violation.  A subsequent search of Cole’s vehicle led to the discovery of methamphetamine and materials used to produce meth.

Co-defendant Julie Ann Reid, 34, was a passenger in Cole’s vehicle and also arrested.  Her 8 year-old daughter was in the back of the vehicle inhaling fumes that sent the two arresting officers to the hospital.  

Reid has pleaded guilty to maintaining a meth lab in the presence of a minor child and child abuse 2nd degree.  She will be sentenced on April 27.

“Crystal meth is quickly becoming an extremely serious problem in this County,” said Cheboygan County Prosecutor Daryl Vizina,  who also urged citizens to report any information about meth labs or drugs to their local  law enforcement agency.