WARSAW — An Akron woman was sentenced today, Aug. 28, in Kosciusko Circuit Court for a charge of dealing in methamphetamine, a level 4 felony.
Heather Renee Demske, 25, Akron, was booked into Kosciusko County Jail on Dec. 2, 2016, after a traffic stop led to the discovery of methamphetamine.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, Warsaw Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a Ford Explorer with no headlights on. The officer reported that Demske was shaking and appeared nervous. A canine officer was used and alerted to drugs.
The report states that Demske pointed to her coat breast pocket and admitted the drugs were on her person. The officer retrieved a plastic bag containing a crystal like substance. Demske admitted the substance was methamphetamine and that she had purchased the 8.2 grams for $400 with plans to sell it for $450. The substance field tested positive for methamphetamine.
In court Demske stated that she knew she had made a mistake. The state, represented by prosecuting attorney Brad Voelz, alluded that Demske made the choice after temporarily losing custody of her children. Demske stated that she understood she deserved the consequences but that she was working to improve her life, including completing a MRT program at the Bowen Center.
Judge Michael Reed applauded Demske for her efforts, but stated that the crime was too serious to avoid incarceration. “You are putting meth on the streets and affecting other people,” said Reed.
For dealing in methamphetamine, a level 4 felony as a lesser included offense of a level 3 felony, Demske was sentenced to four years at the Indiana Department of Corrections. Her executed sentence at IDOC was suspended, with two of the years to be served at Kosciusko County Jail and two years formally suspended to be served on probation. Demske may serve her time on work release. She received three days jail time credit.