Meth suspect enters pleas in district court avoiding a trial.


Meth suspect enters pleas in district court avoiding a trial/Gough 11/30/2010

One of two Hutchinson men bound over for trial last year on meth manufacturing charges was supposed to go to trial Tuesday, but while jury selection was still in progress, he entered pleas in the case instead.

45-year-old Teddy Decker had been charged with several felony counts associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine, but ended up pleading to just two. One included conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, and possession of ephedrine with intent to manufacture.

The state dropped all the remaining counts which included, manufacture of methamphetamine, or attempt to manufacture, possession of anhydrous ammonia, and lithium metal with intent to manufacture, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to manufacture, possession of marijuana, and possession of personal use paraphernalia.

Decker was arrested along with 54-year-old Walter King with the case starting with law enforcement being called to a residence at 501 Green Garden Drive on the report of gunshots, and as they talked with the two men, they discovered an outstanding warrant for Decker out of Sedgwick County. This occurring back on September 13, 2008.

As they searched him, they allegedly found four blister packs, each containing pills that contain pseudo-ephedrine. Police say they could smell the faint odor of ether outside the home when he started investigating the shots fired complaint.

Once inside the home, they allegedly found items consistent with a meth lab leading to a search warrant being obtained and the Reno County drug unit being called in and the alleged meth lab being discovered.

With Tuesday's pleas by Decker, sentencing in the case is set for January 7, in front of Judge Tim Chambers.

He is currently on community corrections for a conviction of being in possession of ephedrine and aggravated failure to appear in Sedgwick. He was sentenced for those two convictions back in August.