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May 20, 2013

McAlester man gets prison time for making meth near daycare

McALESTER — A McAlester man was recently sentenced to prison for manufacturing methamphetamine near a daycare center.

James Dean Schoggins, 21, pleaded guilty May 16 in Pittsburg County District Court to multiple drug-related felonies.

He was fined and sentenced to 12 years, with the last five years suspended.

According to court records, Schoggins was manufacturing methamphetamine and keeping /selling drugs out of his Main Street Apartment, which is 267 feet from the Lil’ Explorers Child Care and Early Learning Center on East Madison Avenue.

According to a police affidavit, McAlester police executed a search warrant in Schoggins’s apartment Feb. 17 and allegedly found numerous items associated with the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Officers also used a laser range finder to measure the distance between Schoggins’s apartment and the daycare and determined the distance to be just short of 270 feet.

Contact Rachel Petersen at rpetersen@mcalesternews.com.

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