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Mobile Methamphetamine Manufacturer Pleads Guilty

August 14, 2012

Tampa, Florida - United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces that Jerek Evans (27, Lakeland) pled guilty yesterday to conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine. Evans faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.

On January 3, 2012, the Lakeland Police Department responded to a vehicle crash on Drane Field Road. At the scene of the crash a white Cadillac was located in a ditch. The body of Clifford Ellison was found lying across the front seat of the car.

According to the plea agreement, on January 3, 2012, Evans and Ellison were engaged in the "shake and bake" process of manufacturing methamphetamine. When the glass bottle containing the manufacturing ingredients exploded, Ellison was fatally wounded.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Methamphetamine Task Force, the Lakeland Police Department and the Florida Wildlife Commission. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney James C. Preston, Jr.









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