A Frankfort man pleaded guilty in three Boone County cases Wednesday and will spend time in prison.

Benjamin Hemmerling, 31, was charged in three meth cases in 2017.

The most serious was a charge of dealing meth in June 2017 when police found him and a female companion passed out in a car in rural Lebanon, he with a large knife strapped to his leg, police reported.

The pair were on their way from Indianapolis to Frankfort with meth, syringes, prescription pills and a ledger with names and dollar amounts in the car, police reported.

Carissa L. Dycus, 24, Frankfort, was charged with dealing meth, possession of meth and possession of a controlled substance and is scheduled for a plea hearing this month.

Hemmerling pleaded guilty Wednesday to dealing in meth in that case. Boone Superior Court 2 Judge Bruce Petit sentenced him to five years with the Indiana Department of Correction, two and a half in prison and two and a half on probation.

He also pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a syringe and possession of meth in the other two cases, and was sentenced to six months in jail on each, suspended in favor of probation, except for 108 days to be served in jail.

Dustin L. Williams, 26, Frankfort was with Hemmerling when police found them in a car with meth June 19, 2017. Williams pleaded guilty to possession of meth in October 2017 and was sentenced to a year spent in a combination of jail and on probation.

Erica Ray, 50, of Frankfort, and Tommy Webster, 43, Indianapolis, were in a car with Williams in December 2017 when the late Boone County Sheriff’s Deputy Jacob Pickett pulled them over and found drugs in the car, according to court records.

Ray pleaded guilty to possession of meth and a syringe in March and was sentenced to 547 days to be served in a combination of jail time and probation.

Webster pleaded guilty to possession of a syringe in March and was sentenced to a year on probation.

Maria Flora is assistant editor at The Lebanon Reporter. Reach her by emailing to maria.flora@reporter.net.