9 Charged in Meth Manufacturing Ring

By KBJR News 1

9 Charged in Meth Manufacturing Ring

June 4, 2012 Updated Jun 4, 2012 at 4:53 PM CDT

Itasca County, MN (Northland’s NewsCenter) – 9 Northlanders were charged Monday in connection with a meth manufacturing ring that was reported on April 4.

The 9 defendants join the original co-conspirators, 27 year old Ross Ball of Grand Rapids and 22 year old Brandon Burthwick of Grand Rapids.

21 year old Andrew John Burt, 22 year old Steven Joseph Burt, 20 year old Cory Ray Richards, 21 year old Skyler Dawn Rhodes, 19 year old Brandi Lee Rhodes, 19 year old Christopher John Moss, 18 year old Daniel Jeffrey Hawkinson, 19 year old Jacquelyn Marie Lueck and 38 year old Stephen Metzenhuber, all of which reside in Grand Rapids, were criminally charged ranging from felony Aiding and Abetting Methamphetamine Manufacturing, felony Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine, felony Aiding Abetting Attempted Methamphetamine Manufacturing and Conspiracy to Commit Controlled Substance Crime.

The criminal complaint says that on April 4, a search warrant was conducted for methamphetamine at Burthwick’s residence in Grand Rapids.

Law enforcement made contact with a number of individuals both inside and outside of the trailer home.

All of the individuals were detained and secured pending execution of the warrant.

The criminal complaint says Burthwick admitted to an official in an interview that there was meth drug paraphernalia within the residence.

He said that there were 4-5 boxes of sudafed inside the residence and replied that it was used “to attempt to produce something that gets you high,” according to the criminal complaint.

The criminal complaint says that Burthwick went on in the interview describing ingredients that were used to produce the drug.

He said that he and the other co-conspirators had been planning to execute a meth cook that would last several days, according to the criminal complaint.

The max penalty of the charges would be 30 years imprisonment and $1,000,000 fine.

The defendants will be assigned to make their first appearance in court in the near future.