By Liz Shepherd
WARSAW — An Albion man will serve 10 years in prison for dealing methamphetamine to an undercover officer on two occasions.
Kevin Michael Klaehn, 27, 266 E. CR 400S, Albion, was charged with dealing in methamphetamine, a level 3 felony. Two additional methamphetamine dealing charges and three methamphetamine possession charges were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
Klaehn was sentenced in Kosciusko Circuit Court on Monday, July 27.
In April 2019, the NET43 Drug Task Force made a controlled purchase of 29 grams of methamphetamine from Klaehn. NET43 also made a controlled purchase of 3.4 grams of methamphetamine from Klaehn sometime in May 2019.
“This poison of methamphetamine is horrible,” said Defense Attorney Don Swanson. “He (Klaehn) is sincere in wanting treatment.”
“I’m looking at the problem and the solution,” said Kosciusko Circuit Court Judge Michael Reed to Klaehn. “If you choose to overcome your drug addiction, you will.”
For dealing methamphetamine, Reed sentenced Klaehn to 10 years in the Indiana Department of Corrections. The sentence will be served consecutively to two other cases. In this case, Klaehn has 179 days of jail time credit and must pay $840 in restitution to the NET43 Drug Task Force.
Reed recommended Klaehn for the Recovery While Incarcerated program as part of his sentence.