URBANA — The recent guilty plea of the husband of a woman who was the reported leader of a Loxa-based methamphetamine operation marked the fourth of six suspects to admit to taking part in the drug conspiracy.

Paul D. “Bear” Logan pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to a federal charge of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. Paul Logan and his wife, Tena D. Logan, and the others were indicted on charges accusing them of working together to make the drug at the Logans’ residence in Loxa from at least 2010 until December 2012.

Tena Logan pleaded guilty in March to both charges against her, a conspiracy offense and a charge of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Her sentencing is scheduled for June 27, and her husband’s is set for Oct. 18, when the intent to distribute charge against him is to be dismissed.

Two other suspects who pleaded guilty last month are Tammy E. Britt and Robert Jeffrey Leonard, both of Mattoon, who each entered the plea to a conspiracy charge. Britt’s sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 27 and Leonard’s for Oct. 4.

The other suspects are Floyd W. Curtner Jr. and Fred A. Leonard, both of Mattoon, who are both scheduled for status hearings later this month. Documents in the suspect’s cases indicate that police observed several people bring methamphetamine ingredients to the Logans’ residence, identified as 6790 Stockton Road, over a period of several years.

The Mattoon-based East Central Illinois Task Force drug unit conducted the investigation.

Task force commander Tom Houser said authorities believe there’s enough evidence against others who reportedly took part in the operation for additional charges. He said arrests of more suspects are expected.

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