A jury of seven men and five women convicted Charles B. Pawloski, 35, of Springfield, Dec. 4 for the Class C felony of possession of a controlled substance, said Oregon County Prosecuting Attorney Fred O'Neill. The co-defendant in the same case, Tiffany Jewell, 24, of Thayer, still has pending charges.
The defendants were arrested April 25, 2008, for possession of methamphetamine.
Pawloski is also a repeat offender in that he pleaded guilty to robbery in Greene County Circuit Court in Springfield, Mo., on Dec. 14, 1999, and pleaded guilty to burglary and stealing in Oregon County Circuit Court on Dec. 13, 1994.
According to O'Neill's notes on the case, Joyce Jewell, Tiffany Jewel's mother, testified that William Gerkin, who lives in a trailer with the defendant and her mother in Thayer, found a box near the edge of the property the trailer is on and found items that could be used to manufacture methamphetamine inside it. Gerkin told Joyce what he found and advised her to call the police.
Thayer Police Officer Michael Bunting arrived on scene and instructed Joyce to call her daughter about the box and tell her to get rid of the box if it belonged to her. Bunting stayed on scene to watch the box with the meth lab items in it to see who would pick it up.
Tiffany came home and again Joyce told her to get rid of the box if it belonged to her, otherwise leave it alone. Tiffany then left. Tiffany soon returned with Pawloski. Bunting observed the two pull their vehicle up to the box and open the trunk. As Tiffany bent down to pick up the box, officers took her and Pawloski into custody.
The box in question contained liquids, coffee filters, tubing, measuring dropper, paper towel and Drain-O crystals. In the trunk of the defendant's car was a Coleman stove, skillet, rubber tubing, syringe and fuels.
O'Neill said Tiffany Jewell testified that Pawloski pulled up to the box and told her to put it in the trunk. Tiffany Jewell also said she did not know what was in either the box or the trunk at that time.
Pawloski was found guilty and bonded out of jail. He has 30 days to file a motion for a new trial.