Three Men Plead Guilty for their Connection in Meth Ring

By KBJR News 1

Three Men Plead Guilty for their Connection in Meth Ring

September 5, 2012 Updated Sep 5, 2012 at 2:55 PM CST

Three men involved in a meth manufacturing ring plead guilty Wednesday.

23-year-old Brandon James Burthwick of Grand Rapids and 23-year-old Stephen Joseph Burt plead guilty to one count of Felony First Degree Aiding and Abetting Methamphetamine Manufacturing and one count of Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine in the First Degree.

38-year-old Anton Stephen Metzenhuber of Grand Rapids, pleaded guilty to one count of Aiding and Abetting Attempted Methamphetamine Manufacturing.

The three men face a potential sentence of up to 30 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.

Burthwick and Burt were arrested after the Grand Rapids Police Department executed a search warrant at a home on the 3800 Block of River Road in Grand Rapids.

Burthwick and Burt admitted to manufacturing meth in the home.

Seven of the 11 co-defendants charged in connection with this meth manufacturing investigation have now pleaded guilty.

The criminal complaint says that on April 4, 2012, 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.

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