SYCAMORE – A 25-year-old Chicago man accused of participating in a conspiracy to cook methamphetamine around DeKalb last year was sentenced to 2½ years of probation Thursday as part of an agreement.
Jeffrey Podjaski, of the 5100 block of South Lawndale Avenue, pleaded guilty Thursday to attempt of possession of methamphetamine precursor. As part of probation terms, he cannot consume alcohol and must subject to a substance abuse evaluation.
Prosecutors dropped two more serious methamphetamine-related charges against Podjaski, one of which was punishable by between six and 30 years in prison. The operation’s suspected ringleader, Thomas Wilkinson, 29, of DeKalb, was sentenced Tuesday to seven years in prison after he admitted to participation in methamphetamine manufacturing.
Prosecutors said the defendants were participants in a methamphetamine ring centered at Travel Inn in DeKalb. Some who were charged were accused of buying pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient for methamphetamine, court records show.
Six other suspects also accepted probation sentences Tuesday. Charges are pending against eight others.
Podjaski is next due in court May 1 to show he is complying with the substance abuse evaluation.