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Cases Move Forward Against Clarion County Meth Ring Defendants

Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 12:05 AM

Posted by Scott Shindledecker

teddy-wensel-mugCLARION CO., Pa. (EYT) – The cases against eight people involved in a Clarion County methamphetamine ring are making their way through the court system.

(Pictured above: Teddy Wensel)

According to a previously published article on exploreclarion.com the cases originated after a lengthy investigation by Clarion County law enforcement officials.

According to the criminal complaint filed by Clarion County Chief Detective William Peck, IV, on February 2, 2017, the investigation was initiated after a search warrant was executed at the Clarion Borough residence of Teddy Karl Wensel in April 2016.

The search warrant alleged that Wensel had been manufacturing methamphetamine at his 75 North 4th Avenue residence. Around 9:30 a.m., on April 15, 2016, the warrant was served by the Pennsylvania State Police Clandestine Lab Response Team (CLRT) and Clarion County Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET). Wensel and a second resident – Melisa Louise Trivett – were detained at the scene while the search was conducted, the complaint states.

According to the complaint, during the search, authorities located a glass jar containing methamphetamine and two pipes.

Wensel Interviewed at DA’s Office

On April 15, 2016, Wensel signed a Miranda Rights waiver form and agreed to an interview. During the interview, Wensel stated that he started “cooking meth” in December of 2014 at a residence in Turkey City, Clarion County, the complaint states.

Wensel disclosed that he manufactured methamphetamine using the “one-pot” method and admitted to “cooking” earlier that week, the complaint continues.

According to the complaint, Wensel told Detective Peck that he “started to cook” to help a friend who was having financial difficulties while on house arrest.

According to the criminal complaint, Wensel told Detective Peck that the first time he cooked meth, he gathered 10 boxes of Sudafed that were purchased by various individuals.

Wensel then disclosed the identities of several individuals who allegedly purchased Sudafed or other items used to manufacture methamphetamine.

Deanna Wright

Wensel stated that he “cooked meth” at Wright’s trailer in Oakwood Trailer Court approximately thirty times. He said that Wright’s trailer is where he “had his first fire” and indicated that the carpet in the bedroom was still burnt. Wensel stated that Wright helped him crush pills and assisted in the clean-up portion of the process. He also indicated that Wright purchased boxes of Sudafed and batteries on numerous occasions. Wensel said the last time Wright “bought pills” for him was April of 2016, according to the complaint.

Further investigation revealed that Wright allegedly purchased nine boxes of Sudafed between November of 2014 and April of 2016.

Conner Griffith

Wensel indicated that Griffith purchased three to four boxes of Sudafed for him in December of 2015, according to the criminal complaint.

In return, Wensel would allegedly provide Griffith with methamphetamine. Wensel also stated that Griffith gave him money to purchase supplies needed to manufacture methamphetamine, the complaint continues.

Kassie Deloe

Wensel indicated that Deloe provided two boxes of Sudafed in August of 2015. In return, he would allegedly provide Deloe with methamphetamine. Wensel also told Detective Peck that he sold methamphetamine to Deloe on other occasions, the complaint states.

Further investigation revealed that Deloe allegedly purchased Sudafed twice in July of 2015, the complaint indicates.

Angel Warner

Wensel said Warner purchased a box of Sudafed for him in early 2015, according to the complaint.

Further investigation revealed that Warner allegedly purchased one box of Sudafed in January of 2015, the complaint continues.

Tearia J. Bailey

Wensel told Detective Peck that Bailey purchased three to four boxes of Sudafed for him between January of 2015 and March of 2015. He said that he would pay Bailey for the boxes she purchased, and she “knew what he was doing with the boxes,” according to the complaint.

Further investigation revealed that Bailey allegedly purchased two boxes of Sudafed between January of 2015 and March of 2015, the complaint states.

Robert and Jerry Ashbaugh

Wensel said that Robert and Jerry Ashbaugh purchased three boxes of Sudafed for him in early 2016, and they were present when he cooked the methamphetamine, the complaint indicates.

Further investigation revealed that Robert Ashbaugh allegedly purchased Sudafed once, and Jerry Ashbaugh purchased Sudafed twice. All three purchases occurred in January of 2016, the complaint continues.

Melisa Trivett

Wensel indicated that Trivett purchased Sudafed seven times from January of 2016 through April of 2016. Trivett was Wensel’s live-in girlfriend at the time, the complaint indicates.

Case Dispositions

Teddy Wensel pleaded guilty to one count of Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver.

In December 2016, President Judge James Arner sentenced him to three to six years in state prison.

The following charges were dismissed:

- Possession Red Phosphorus, etc w/ Intent to Manufacture Controlled Substance, Felony
- Conspiracy – Possession Red Phosphorus, etc w/ Intent to Manufacture Controlled Substance, Felony
- Knowingly Possess Ephedrine, Misdemeanor

Deana Ellen Wright, 48, of Clarion, appeared in plea court at 9:00 a.m. on May 17 on the following charges:

- Conspiracy – Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony (nine counts)
- Possession Red Phosphorus, etc w/ Intent to Manufacture Controlled Substance, Felony (nine counts)
- Knowingly Possessing Ephedrine, Misdemeanor (nine counts)

She is scheduled for sentencing at 9:00 a.m. on June 21 in front of President Judge James G. Arner.

No other information is available on this case.

On April 5, Kassie Carolina Deloe, 29, of Rimersburg, pleaded guilty to Knowingly Possessing Ephedrine.

She was sentenced to six months probation.

As part of the plea agreement, the following charges were dismissed:

- Conspiracy – Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession with Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony (2 counts)
- Possession Red Phosphorus, etc with Intent to Manufacture Controlled Substance, Felony (2 counts)
- Knowingly Possessing Ephedrine, Misdemeanor (one count)

Tearia J. Bailey, 27, of Clarion, appeared in plea court at 8:30 a.m. on May 17 on the following charges:

- Conspiracy – Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession with Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony (2 counts)
- Possession Red Phosphorus, etc with Intent to Manufacture Controlled Substance, Felony (2 counts)
- Knowingly Possessing Ephedrine, Misdemeanor (2 counts)

She is scheduled for sentencing at 9:00 a.m. on June 21 in front of President Judge James G. Arner.

No other information is available on this case.

Conner David Griffith, 22, of Knox, appeared in plea court at 8:30 a.m. on May 17 on the following charges:

- Conspiracy – Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession with Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony (3 counts)
- Possession Red Phosphorus, etc with Intent to Manufacture Controlled Substance, Felony (3 counts)
- Knowingly Possessing Ephedrine, Misdemeanor (3 counts)

He is scheduled for sentencing at 9:00 a.m. on June 21 in front of President Judge James G. Arner.

No other information is available on this case.

Angel Adele Warner, 24, of Venus, was charged with the following offenses:

- Conspiracy – Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession with Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
- Possession Red Phosphorus, etc with Intent to Manufacture Controlled Substance, Felony
- Knowingly Possessing Ephedrine, Misdemeanor

Court documents indicate that Warner applied for ARD on March 31, 2017.

A criminal conference at the district attorney’s office is scheduled for May 19.

No other information is available on this case.

Melisa Trivett had a criminal conference at the district attorney’s office at 8:30 a.m. on May 17 on the following charges:

- Conspiracy – Manufacture, Delivery, With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony (seven counts)
- Possession Red Phophorus, etc. w/ Intent to Manufacture Controlled Substances, Felony (seven counts)
- Knowingly Possess Ephedrine, Misdemeanor (seven counts)

No other information is available on this case.

The cases against two Michigan men involved in the ring will also go forward.

Robert John Ashbaugh, 39, of Lansing, Michigan, faces the following charges:

- Conspiracy – Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession with Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
- Possession Red Phosphorus, etc with Intent to Manufacture Controlled Substance, Felony
- Knowingly Possessing Ephedrine, Misdemeanor

His case is working its way through the court system.

Jerry Lynn Ashbaugh, 40, of Saint Johns, Michigan, faces the following charges:

- Conspiracy – Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession with Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony (2 counts)
- Possession Red Phosphorus, etc with Intent to Manufacture Controlled Substance, Felony (2 counts)
- Knowingly Possessing Ephedrine, Misdemeanor (2 counts)

A criminal conference at the district attorney’s office is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on June 21.


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