Branch man faces jail term for meth.

June 6, 2017

Christopher Smalley with his attorney, Blaine Bowne.

Branch man faces jail term for meth.


By Allison Scarbrough. Editor.

LUDINGTON — A 27-year-old Branch Township man faces serving six months up front an 11-month discretionary jail term after pleading guilty Tuesday, June 6, in 51st Circuit Court to possession of methamphetamine and possession of pseudoephedrine or ephedrine with the intent to manufacture meth.

Christopher Lee Smalley, of 7077 E. US 10, was arrested last April by the State, Sheriffs’, Chiefs’ Enforcement of Narcotics Team (SSCENT) on felony charges of aiding and abetting delivery of a controlled substance, operating/maintaining a meth lab, and operating/maintaining a laboratory involving hazardous waste. Those three counts were dismissed when Smalley pleaded guilty to the added two counts, which are 10- and five-year felonies.

Smalley’s driver’s license will be suspended for six months with a restricted license after 30 days as part of his sentence, said Mason County Prosectuor Paul Spaniola.

Smalley was making meth at his home during the winter months of 2016 and 2017, according to his testimony before Judge Susan K. Sniegowski.

Sentencing is set for July 18 at 2:30 p.m.

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