Printed on: November 15, 2012

Meth maker sentenced

By Ruth Brown
rbrown@postregister.com

Senior District Judge Gregory Anderson sentenced an Idaho Falls man to probation Wednesday for manufacturing and delivering methamphetamine.

Rodney Jenkins, 46, pleaded guilty to one count of delivering meth and one count of manufacturing meth after firefighters discovered his drug lab in May.

Jenkins' arrest came when firefighters arrived at a fire where both a pickup and the rear of his house were burning.

As firefighters knocked down flames in the home's basement, they came across suspicious chemicals and glassware.

Anderson suspended Jenkins' prison sentence and ordered him to serve five years' probation. Jenkins also must serve 45 days in jail for each charge, running concurrently. He will be eligible for work release.

Should Jenkins violate probation, he would face six years in prison for the delivery charge and eight years for the manufacturing charge, running concurrently.

The delivery of meth charge against Jenkins stemmed from his March 2 arrest, when he was caught with the drug before the fire.

Defense attorney Trent Grant asked for probation in court, arguing his client was ready and willing to become a contributing member of society.

"I'm sorry and I'll do whatever I can to change," Jenkins said.

Jenkins' co-defendant, Tonia Jo Bates, 40, was ordered in July to serve three years' probation after she pleaded to delivery of a controlled substance.

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