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Docket details drug cases, sends two to prison

Published 6:03pm Sunday, September 30, 2012

CASSOPOLIS — A docket devoted entirely to drug cases sent two men to prison Friday in Cass County Circuit Court.

Circuit Judge Michael Dodge gave Michael Enboden, 42, of Cassopolis, five to 30 years in prison with credit for 140 days served for methamphetamine.

Enboden pleaded guilty Aug. 6 to conspiracy to manufacture meth, manufacturing meth, operating or maintaining a meth lab, operating or maintaining a hazardous waste lab, marijuana possession and being an habitual offender with two prior felony convictions in 1991 and 2007.

Prosecutor Victor Fitz said Enboden needed to be removed from society to protect the public after his “reckless, selfish” decision to set up shop making meth with others on May 12 in the heart of the village on Disbrow Street.

“I just want to say I’m sorry,” the defendant said, desiring help in dealing with his “serious meth problem.”

Dodge imposed on Richard Willard, 47, of Dutch Settlement, Marcellus, two to 20 years in prison with credit for three days.

Willard pleaded guilty July 23 to maintaining a meth lab, possessing meth and marijuana and maintaining a drug house on Dec. 13, 2011.

Alex Sharp, 27, of Edwardsburg, pleaded guilty Aug. 3 to manufacturing marijuana at the apartments on Section Street, across from the schools campus.

Selling a quarter ounce for $45 to an undercover officer on Oct. 6, 2011, was his 10th conviction after two felonies and seven misdemeanors, though now that he is a father he is trying to redirect his life.

“Clearly, it was a bad decision on your part,” the judge said in handing down a two-year probationary sentence with 60 days in jail and credit for two.

Adam Nelson, 26, of Cassopolis, received 10 months in the county jail with 61 days credit. Nelson Sept. 6 pleaded guilty to delivering less than 50 grams of Vicodin, manufacturing marijuana and possessing contraband in jail.

Cassopolis police responded Aug. 29, 2011, to a complaint of an intoxicated man and encountered Nelson urinating on a building. Marijuana was found on his person.

In addition to his record of five prior misdemeanors and a felony, Nelson failed to appear for sentencing Dec. 2, 2011, and absconded until located in Elkhart in August.

With his young daughter in the courtroom, Nelson aspires to “break the (alcoholism) cycle that’s been tearing apart my family for a long time.”

Tanya Tangeman, 33, of Decatur, pleaded guilty June 4 to identity theft and being an habitual offender who victimized a Dowagiac man Feb. 9 by using his personal information to obtain Frontier phone and internet service.

Fitz said she had a long theft history back to 1993. Fitz said it can take a victim 330 hours to work correct credit problems.

The mother of three graduated from drug court, but relapsed in July and tested positive for meth. Dodge sentenced her to 300 days in jail, with two days credit, but delayed ordering $2,700 restitution.

Charles Gross, 27, of Jones, a father of three with no prior criminal record, Aug. 6 pleaded guilty to five charges, including conspiracy to manufacture meth May 22 on First Street in Cassopolis.

Gross, handed a three-year probationary sentence with 90 days in jail he already satisfied, is eight weeks away from his high school diploma and intends to continue on to college.

Rachel Woods, 41, of Dowagiac, pleaded guilty Aug. 6 to marijuana possession and resisting and obstructing police by trying to flush evidence down a toilet.

Woods has eight priors, but went from 1999 to 2010 without any.

A relative sold crack cocaine from the home on Maple Street without her knowledge Jan. 25. Her two years probation also takes into account obtaining a fulltime job at Lyons Industries.

Takeysha Davis, 24, of Kalamazoo, was charged with maintaining a drug house on May 10 at the apartments on Section Street in Edwardsburg and manufacturing marijuana and maintaining a drug house on May 15 at the same location the mother of two shared with her fiancé. A $120 transaction with an undercover officer brought the county drug enforcement team to execute a search warrant.

Dodge gave Davis credit for 84 days, stipulating though she has a medical marijuana card, she is not to use marijuana during two years probation.

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