Elkland man pleads guilty in meth case

Nathan D. Washburn, 27, of Elkland, Tioga County, pleaded guilty in federal court here Tuesday to a single felony charge of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine at a meth lab set up in a trailer at his brother Jesse’s residence in September of 2011.

The lab came to the attention of the state police, who conducted a raid on Sept. 21, but the lab exploded while they were there.

The 3-year-old child of Jesse Washburn and his girlfriend Nichole Perkins was inside the trailer containing the lab when it exploded, according to court documents.

Both Jesse Washburn and Perkins, along with Nathan Washburn, were indicted on charges of conspiracy, manufacturing and possession of with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Washburn stood before federal Judge Christopher Conner as Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Sommers read a summary of the charge and agreed he was guilty of the charges, except for a provision at the end that he had distributed the drug to others.

According to Washburn’s attorney, Ronald Travis, his client used the drug with others, but “when he shared lines, the drug belonged to them, he did not distribute to them.”

The recommended sentencing guidelines are 60 months in prison.