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NEWARK — A man who was caught making methamphetamine in a Newark toilet was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday.

Kevin J. Kidd, 37, takes an oath before pleading no contest to one count of illegal manufacture of drugs and one count of illegal assembly or possession of the chemicals for the manufacture of drugs at the Licking County Courthouse in Newark on Thursday.

Kevin J. Kidd, 37, takes an oath before pleading no contest to one count of illegal manufacture of drugs and one count of illegal assembly or possession of the chemicals for the manufacture of drugs at the Licking County Courthouse in Newark on Thursday

Kevin J. Kidd, 37, last known address 23675 Baird Road, Utica, pleaded no contest and was found guilty of one count each of illegal manufacture of drugs, a second-degree felony, and illegal assembly or possession of the chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a third-degree felony.
On Jan. 13, Newark police officers were dispatched to 2 Pleasant St. to check on the welfare of an individual. Once there, officers smelled odors consistent with methamphetamine production, Licking County Assistant Prosecutor Chris Reamer said.
Police stopped Kidd as he was exiting the bathroom, where Central Ohio Drug Enforcement Task Force detectives located an active methamphetamine cook in the toilet, Reamer said. Kidd initially told investigators that he was using the bathroom, not making drugs in it.
Detectives found a backpack in the living room that contained unopened cold packs, drain cleaner, plastic funnels and other items used to make methamphetamine. A suitcase contained additional ingredients, Reamer said.
Between Dec. 12 and Jan. 13, Kidd purchased more than the usual amount of pseudoephedrine pills to make methamphetamine, Reamer said. When questioned, Kidd told investigators that he eats 10 pills at a time.
Three others were arrested at the residence and charged with providing pseudoephedrine pills: Meredith D. Hatfield, 38, of 2 Pleasant St.; and Michael P. Davis, 28, and Alixaundre N. Sloan, 32, both of 431 Moull St.
Kidd said Thursday that Sloan was in the wrong place at the wrong time and was not involved.
Kidd, who has prior drug convictions, said he planned to stay clean after his recent release from prison but was overwhelmed by the number of people using methamphetamine in Newark.
“Everybody’s doing it. Everybody’s using it,” Kidd said. Licking County Common Pleas Court Judge David Branstool imposed a five-year sentence, which was recommended by Reamer and defense attorney Eric Brehm.
The term was the minimum amount Kidd could receive because of his prior convictions. He is not eligible for early release.
Brehm said five years was more than what was necessary, but the judge had no authority to impose a lighter sentence.
Branstool also suspended Kidd’s driver’s license for three years and waived his fines after finding that he could not pay.

 

 

 

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