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Probation deal entered in DeKalb methamphetamine case

SYCAMORE – A 32-year-old Florida woman who police say was involved in a conspiracy to cook methamphetamine around DeKalb last year was sentenced Monday to 2 1/2 years of probation.

Jennifer Simpson, of the 600 block of Chesham Drive in New Port Richey, Fla., pleaded guilty Monday to possession of methamphetamine precursor in exchange for prosecutors dropping three related charges against her.

DeKalb police said Simpson was one of 16 people involved in a methamphetamine ring centered at Travel Inn in DeKalb. The operation's suspected ringleader, Thomas Wilkinson, 29, of DeKalb, was sentenced to seven years in prison Feb. 25 after he admitted to participation in methamphetamine manufacturing.

Authorities in Ohio’s Ashtabula County arrested Simpson on Jan. 23 after they found another methamphetamine lab in the garage of a home in Orwell, Ohio. Simpson is not facing charges in Ashtabula County.

As a condition for probation, Simpson will not be allowed to consume alcohol. She must also submit a substance abuse evaluation by May 1.

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