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UWP student placed on probation after meth fire
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A UW–Platteville student was placed on three years probation after pleading guilty Jan. 10 to felony drug charges.

Mark J. Curda, 18, Greenfield, originally was charged with manufacturing or delivering drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine precursors, and knowingly possessing methamphetamine waste.

Curda pleaded guilty to the two possession charges in return for the manufacturing charge being dismissed.

Curda was arrested after a fire in his Rountree Commons dorm room that forced an evacuation of the residence hall early Nov. 10. According to UW–Platteville police, the fire was started in a wastebasket by an attempt to manufacture methamphetamine using the “one-pot” method.

Curda’s probation term includes 30 days jail, restitution of $7,671.79, random drug testing and counseling “as deemed appropriate” by the state Department of Corrections. The sentence allows Curda’s record to be expunged if probation is completed successfully.