Woman gets 10 years for making meth
PLYMOUTH — A Marshall County judge sentenced a Bremen woman to a decade behind bars after she admitted to making methamphetamine inside her apartment.
Superior Court 1 Judge Robert O. Bowen sentenced Brandie J. Tomblin, 29, to 10 years in prison last week as part of a plea agreement on a single count of making meth.
“It is time for more drastic measures to be applied to this relatively young woman before her life is entirely doomed to addiction,” Nelson Chipman, Marshall County chief deputy prosecutor, said in a news release. “Graduating into the ranks of a methamphetamine cook justifies the sentence handed down.”
In court, Tomblin admitted she made meth in July 2012 in her home at the West Shore Apartments in Bremen.
The case began with a call to the Indiana State Police Post in Bremen. A citizen reported that Tomblin and another individual were living in the West Shore Apartments and were involved with methamphetamine.
Officers Jason Faulstich and Keith Bikowski went to the apartment and simply knocked on the door. An individual answered and the officers were invited into the apartment where they were met by Tomblin.
Officers spotted inside the apartment two gallon cans of solvent commonly used to make meth.
At Bikowski’s request, Tomblin stepped out of the apartment and he told her of the drug complaint.
Tomblin acknowledged the existence of “foils” – or remnants of aluminum foil previously used in the smoking of meth – but that they were in the dumpster outside.
Bikowski also asked her about her numerous recent purchases of pseudoephedrine at local drug stores.
Tomblin said she was sick, but Bikowski pointed out that already by July of 2012 she had purchased psuedoephedrine 13 times. Because she was such a frequent purchaser, she had been blocked from buying four times.
Officer Faulstich talked with the other two people in the apartment and obtained admissions of drug use in the residence.
Neither occupant would consent to a more detailed search of the apartment so a search warrant was drafted and approved by Marshall Circuit Judge Curtis Palmer. The search revealed numerous items used to make meth.
Chipman said Tomblin had been given repeated chances since 2008 to end her involvement with meth after being arrested and prosecuted for maintaining a common nuisance, as well as numerous counts of purchasing over the legal limit of pseudoephedrine, the essential ingredient for the manufacturing of meth.
Chipman added, “We commend the initiative of Troopers Faulstich and Bikowski in making the case beginning with a citizen’s call to the ISP Post,” Chipman said in the press release. This is another example of citizen concern with their neighbors and neighborhood. “