Cass County Prosecuting Attorney Lisa Swaim announced that Joshua Lee Hewitt, 38, of Camden, pled guilty to one felony count of dealing in methamphetamine and was sentenced in Cass Superior Court 2 by Judge Rick Maughmer to 20 years in the Indiana Department of Correction on Monday, Sept. 16. The sentence calls for all 20 years to be executed in the Indiana Department of Correction. Deputy Prosecutor Tom Lupke handled the case.
The charge stemmed from an investigation by the Cass County Drug Task Force. On February 12, 2019, during the course of an investigation, Drug Task Force officers seized approximately 47 grams of methamphetamine which Hewitt possessed with the intent to deliver. The methamphetamine was seized from a vehicle driven by Hewitt, during a vehicle pursuit starting at a traffic stop in the area of Galveston and continuing west on State Road 28 into Carroll County. Hewitt has multiple prior felony convictions, including a previous conviction for dealing in methamphetamine out of Howard County in 2005. At the time of the pursuit, there was an outstanding warrant for Hewitt for charges filed in Howard County in 2017, including methamphetamine possession and possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon. The case is still open and pending in Howard County Superior Court 1.
Prosecutor Lisa Swaim commented after the sentencing: “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. 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. Methamphetamine is an extremely dangerous and addictive drug. We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to hold drug dealers accountable.
SOURCE: New release from the Office of Cass County Prosecutor