By Daily Telegram staff
ADRIAN — A woman charged along with her son and his girlfriend in the investigation of an alleged butane hash operation pleaded guilty Monday in Lenawee County District Court to a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge.
Kelli Michelle Huntsberger, 48, of Leesburg, Ohio, will be sentenced March 23. She accepted a Cobbs plea that calls for no up-front jail time, requires her to testify against her co-defendants and dismissed the felony charges against her, defense attorney Ashley Hanson-Grimes told the court. A Cobbs plea allows Huntsberger to with-
draw her plea if District Judge Laura J. Schaed-ler opts for a different sentence.
Huntsberger and Sarah Marie West, 29, of Wilmington, Ohio, originally were charged with operating a drug lab, operating the lab near a specific place and in the presence of a minor, delivery or manufacture of marijuana, maintaining a drug house and harboring a felon. West was sentenced in November to time already served in jail and 12 months probation and ordered to pay a $100 fine and $1,125 in court costs on a charge of attempted maintaining a drug house.
The third suspect, Taylor James Cooper, 25, of Wilmington, Ohio, is in prison in Ohio on drug-trafficking and failure to appear in court charges.
Huntsberger told Schaedler she was visiting West and Cooper at their home on U.S. 223 in Riga where there were 15 marijuana plants growing in the attic. That was more than permitted by her medical marijuana card.
Police reported recovering 744 butane fuel canisters and 40 pounds of marijuana from the house in April.
Butane hash oil is derived from marijuana plant remnants, producing a waxy resin that, when ingested, produces a more potent high than traditional marijuana, police said in April.