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Drug Court Graduate At Center of January Meth Bust Has To Address Drug Court Participants as Part of Sentence

September 2, 2016

A 46-year-old Salem man at the center of a methamphetamine bust in Salem in January has been sentenced on one of four felony charges pending against him.

Andrew Butler of South College Street earlier entered an open plead of guilty to aggravated participation in meth manufacturing. He was placed on four years probation, given credit for 229 days served in the Marion County Jail, ordered to seek employment, support his dependants, pay a $2,000 drug assessment, and to undergo drug and alcohol evaluation and treatment with random testing.

State’s Attorney Matt Wilzbach says there is an unusual probation provision that will require Butler to speak with those in the drug court program. Butler successfully graduated the program before getting back into drugs. Wilzbach feels Butler can share his story on avoiding his pitfalls with others in the program as well as using the experience as part of his own recovery efforts. He’s also been ordered to live with his brother to get away from those who had led him back into drugs.

As part of the plea, charges of unlawful possession of meth manufacturing materials, unlawful possession of meth precursors and possession of meth were dropped.

Butler was initially arrested following a traffic stop where drug items were allegedly found in his car. A later search warrant executed on his home allegedly resulted in the discovery of a meth lab and other meth materials.

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