Nine People Sentenced in Meth Ring

By KBJR News 1

Nine People Sentenced in Meth Ring

December 18, 2012 Updated Dec 18, 2012 at 7:06 PM CST

Grand Rapids, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- Nine people have been sentenced in connection with a meth ring uncovered in Itasca County back in April.

27 year old Ross Edward Ball was sentenced on one count of felony First Degree Aiding and Abetting Meth Manufacturing and one count First Degree felony Conspiracy to Manufacture Meth. Ball will be placed under ten years supervised probation under the conditions that he serve one year in the Itasca County Jail, pay fines and surcharges, and remain law abiding, among other conditions.

Stephen Joseph Burt was sentenced on felony Aiding and Abetting Meth Manufacturing and one count felony First Degree Conspiracy to Manufacture Meth. Burt will also be placed on ten years supervised probation under the condition that he serve 3 months in the Itasca County Jail, pay fines and surcharges, complete a chemical dependency evaluation and follow recommendations among other conditions.

Brandon James Burthwick was sentenced on one count felony Aiding and Abetting Meth Manufacturing and one count felony Conspiracy to Manufacture Meth. Burthwick will spend ten years under supervised probation under the conditions that he serve 3 months in the Itasca County Jail, pay fines and surcharges and remain law abiding among other conditions.

Others who were sentenced include:
- Jacqueline Marie Lueck (10 years supervised probation; 127 days in jail)
- Anton Stephen Metzenhuber (10 years supervised probation; 90 days in jail)
- Christopher John Moss (10 years supervised probation; 90 days in jail)
- Brandi Lee Rhodes (10 years supervised probation; 90 days in jail)
- Skyler Dawn Rhodes (10 years probation; 90 days in jail)
- Cory Ray Richards (10 years supervised probation; 3 months in jail)

Two other defendants in the meth ring, Andrew John Burt and Daniel Jeffrey Hawkinson, will be sentenced in January.

In April, Grand Rapids Police officers executed a search warrant of a trailer located on River Road in Grand Rapids.

When police searched the trailer, they found multiple drug paraphernalia as well as the equipment needed to make and package meth.

Burthwick admitted to police that he lived at the trailer with Steven Joseph Burt and that there was meth drug and spice smoking paraphernalia located on the residence.

Burthwick also admitted to authorities that he and the other co-conspirators had been planning another meth cook for the last several days back in April and that the individuals involved in the ring used some of the meth and also sold it.

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