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January 9, 2014

Woman faces at least two years for meth labs

MEADVILLE — Guilty pleas in Crawford County Court of Common Pleas in connection with two clandestine methamphetamine labs — including one in a van — means a Meadville woman faces a mandatory minimum of two years in jail and as many as 34 years.

Devanie Marie Coudriet, 33, who has no known address, pleaded guilty Thursday before Judge John Spataro in connection with two separate 2013 methamphetamine cases filed by Meadville Police.

Coudriet, who was arrested by city police for operating a mobile meth lab out of a van, pleaded guilty Thursday before Spataro to manufacture of methamphetamine and conspiracy of possession of liquefied ammonia gas, precursors and chemicals.

For Coudriet, her Sept. 25, 2013, arrest was her second methamphetamine arrest by Meadville Police. Coudriet was free on bond awaiting trial in county court in connection with a methamphetamine case in the city on June 14, 2013, when she was arrested again by city police.

Coudriet pleaded guilty in county court Thursday to charges of illegal dumping of methamphetamine waste and conspiracy in connection with the June case.

All four of the charges are felonies and Coudriet faces a combined total of 34 years in prison with a mandatory minimum of two years for the manufacturing charge. She also faces a maximum of $230,000 in fines.

However, Spataro ordered Coudriet undergo a state intermediate punishment evaluation before setting a sentencing date.

For the Sept. 25, 2013, incident, Coudriet initially was charged by city police with operating a methamphetamine laboratory; manufacture of methamphetamine; possession of liquefied ammonia gas, precursors and chemicals; causing or risking a catastrophe; conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine; and conspiracy of possession of liquefied ammonia gas, precursors and chemicals. If convicted in county court on all counts, Coudriet had faced a maximum of 61 years in prison and $270,000 in fines.

However, Coudriet reached a plea bargain with the Crawford County District Attorney’s Office to enter guilty pleas to just the manufacturing and conspiracy to possess chemicals charges. Both charges are felonies and carry a maximum combined sentence of 17 years in prison and $115,000 in fines with the manufacturing charge having a mandatory minimum sentence of two years.

For the June 14, 2013, incident, Coudriet initially was charged by city police with possession of phosphorus with intent to manufacture a controlled substance, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, conspiracy for possession of red phosphorus with intent to manufacture a controlled substance and disposal of chemical waste. If convicted on all charges, Coudriet faced a maximum of 47 years in jail and fines totaling $240,000. None of the charges had a mandatory sentence.

Coudriet reached a plea bargain with the DA’s office for that case, entering guilty pleas to illegal dumping and one count of conspiracy in connection with the June case. Both charges are felonies and carry a maximum combined sentence of 17 years in prison and $115,000 in fines.

Coudriet was returned to the Crawford County jail in lieu of $100,000 bond on Thursday after she entered her guilty pleas.

Coudriet’s alleged co-conspirator for the Sept. 25, 2013, incident, Ashley M. Stewart, 23, of Guys Mills is scheduled to go to trial in county court in March on Meadville Police charges of criminal conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and conspiracy of possession of liquefied ammonia gas, precursors and chemicals.

If convicted in county court on both counts, Stewart faces a maximum of 17 years in jail and $115,000 in fines. She was returned to the Crawford County jail in lieu of $15,000 bond.

Coudriet’s co-conspirator in the June 14, 2013, case, Louis W. Lamonde Jr., 29, of Meadville, was sentenced by county court in December to possessing chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine.

Lamonde was sentenced Monday by President Judge Anthony Vardaro to one year minus one day to two years minus one day in county jail with 185 days credit for time already served.

Keith Gushard can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at kgushard@meadvilletribune.com.

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