Meth lab involvement leads to jail time

HOLLIDAYSBURG – Ginny Perdew of Claysburg will have to spend another six months in the Blair County Prison on charges that she participated in a methamphetamine laboratory two years ago.

Perdew, 33, was arrested with Shawn Travis Babcock, 32, and Janelle C. Smith, 20, of Osterburg.

Babcock entered guilty pleas in June and was sentenced to 61/2-20 years in prison.

Smith is awaiting trial.

Perdew was sentenced by Blair County Judge Daniel J. Milliron on Thursday afternoon to a term of 6-231/2 months in the Blair County Prison.

She doesn’t have to report to prison for another 45 days, according to Milliron’s sentence.

Perdew has a job and is hoping for work release when her jail term begins.

In March, she entered pleas to manufacturing with the intent to deliver, operation of a meth lab and criminal conspiracy.

Perdew’s case was complicated by the fact she already spent two years and three months in the county prison awaiting trial.

Her bail had been set at $50,000, which she was unable to post.

In March, her attorney, Steven Passarello, requested that her bail be modified so she could get out of prison, calling her continuing imprisonment without trial “unconscionable.”

Her bail was changed to 10 percent of $150,000, and she was able to gain her freedom.

One of the conditions of her sentence is that she would not receive credit for time already served.

She will have to go behind bars for another stay of at least six months.

Blair County Assistant District Attorney Pete Weeks told Milliron that he would have no objection to Perdew receiving work release.

Also as part of her sentence, Perdew agreed the facts as written in the criminal complaint against her are true.

The meth lab came to light on Dec. 9, 2011, when a Greenfield Township police officer went to her Claysburg home due to an argument.

The officer was told by a male in the house that there was a meth lab in the basement, and Perdew gave police permission to search the home.

That’s when officers found items linked to the operation of a meth lab, including lithium batteries, cold pills, cotton swabs, syringes, drain cleaner and lighter fluid.

Perdew will be on probation for five years after completion of her prison sentence.