Joshua Lee Hewitt

Joshua Lee Hewitt

A Camden man was sentenced to 20 years on Monday for dealing methamphetamine.

Joshua Lee Hewitt, 38, had pleaded guilty Aug. 12 to Level 2 felony dealing in methamphetamine.

Hewitt had also been charged with Level 3 felony possession of methamphetamine, Level 6 felony resisting law enforcement (using a vehicle), Level 6 felony maintaining a common nuisance and Class C misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia.

Those charges were dismissed as part of his plea agreement.

The sentence, handed down by Cass County Superior Court Judge Rick Maughmer, calls for all 20 years to be executed in the Indiana Department of Corrections, according to a press release from the Cass County Prosecutor’s Office.

Hewitt was arrested following a Feb. 12 traffic stop and subsequent vehicle chase by Cass County Drug Task Force officers.

The stop happened in Galveston and the pursuit went west on Indiana 218 into Carroll County.

The officers seized 47 grams of methamphetamine from the vehicle, which Hewitt possessed with intent to deliver, according to the press release.

He had multiple prior felony convictions, including one from Howard County for dealing in methamphetamine.

When the Drug Task Force officers arrested him, he also had a Howard County warrant for 2017 charges.

Those charges included methamphetamine possession and possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.

The press release states that the case for that warrant is still pending.

“We appreciate the hard work and cooperation of the Logansport Police Department and the Cass County Sheriff’s Department in the local joint task force,” Cass County Prosecutor Lisa Swaim said.

“The sentence reflects the impact of the defendant’s actions on the community, the dangers posed by his drug dealing and flight from authorities in a vehicle, as well as his prior criminal history,” said Swaim. “Methamphetamine is an extremely dangerous and addictive drug. We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to hold drug dealers accountable.”

Reach James D. Wolf Jr. at james.wolf@pharostribune.com or 574-732-5117. Twitter: @JamesDWolfJr

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