Odessa man found guilty of making meth

An Odessa man is facing up to four years in prison after his conviction Thursday of making methamphetamine, according to the Schuyler County District Attorney's Office.

A Schuyler County jury found Eric J. Storm, 44, guilty of third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, a Class D felony, and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a Class A misdemeanor.

Storm was charged after he called 911 on March 16 and said his roommate was damaging property during a fight at their home on County Route 14 in the Town of Catharine.

During his investigation of the damaged property, Schuyler County Sheriff's Deputy Andrew Yessman allegedly observed items in the home that were consistent with the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Storm and his roommate, Robert Stevens, were detained and a search warrant was secured.

During their search, Sheriff's Inv. Matthew Maloney and the State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team (CCSERT) allegedly found laboratory equipment, pseudoephedrine, solvents and chemical reagents - all of which are used to manufacture meth. A digital scale, lithium batteries and 1.5 grams of meth were allegedly found in Storm's bedroom.

The jury deliberated two hours before rendering the verdict.

Stevens, who pleaded guilty on July 14 to third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, was sentenced July 21 to 1.5 years in prison and a year of post-release supervision. During his court appearance on July 14, Stevens testified that Storm knew of and participated in making meth, the District Attorney's Office said.

When he was called as a witness by the defense at Storm's trial, Stevens testified that he was the only one who possessed the meth manufacturing materials and that Stevens was unaware the materials found in the home were used to make meth.

Storm also faces two years of post-release supervision and will be sentenced as a second felony offender, the District Attorney's Office said.

Updated Sep 16, 2016 at 3:36 PM
By Stella Dupree
sdupree@the-leader.com