A Knox woman found to be in possession of 57 grams of meth was sentenced in Starke Circuit Court Thursday. Annemarie Armes, 48, was in a vehicle that was pulled over by police on June 4, 2018, when a police K9 reportedly alerted to the presence of methamphetamine.
As part of a plea agreement, Armes was sentenced to 10 years in the Indiana Department of Correction for possession of methamphetamine as a Level 3 felony. But she’ll be allowed to serve the first seven years on work release through LaPorte County Community Corrections. The rest would be suspended to be served on probation.
During Thursday’s hearing, Starke County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Micah Cox said he felt the main person of interest is actually Armes’ husband. But Armes told the court that her husband wasn’t involved, and she planned to use all 57 grams herself within a few weeks.
Judge Kim Hall noted that the large quantity led him to reject a previous plea agreement, but he felt this one was “more akin to justice.” Armes’ attorney, Timothy Lemon, said that his client has taken steps to address her addiction and has been able to stay employed.
The plea agreement also calls for Armes to pay a $250 drug interdiction fee and court costs and gives the court the option to modify the sentence at any time. She’ll also get credit for the 85 days she spent in the Starke County Justice Center.