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WEDNESDAY - March 16, 2011

CRAVEN COUNTY COUPLE SENTENCED FOR METHAMPHETAMINE CONSPIRACY

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today JERRY WAYNE RYAN, 40, of Newport, North Carolina, was sentenced by United States District Judge James Dever III, for his role in a methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy. RYAN was sentenced to 276 months’ imprisonment followed by ten years of supervised release. On February 8, 2011, RYAN’S wife, BERNICE ANDRUS, 31, also of Newport, North Carolina, was sentenced to 156 months’ imprisonment followed by five years of supervised release for her role in the same conspiracy. The sentencing for ANDRUS’ and RYAN’S co-defendant, BILLY OAKLEY, is scheduled for April 4, 2011.

A Federal Grand Jury returned an indictment on February 4, 2010, charging RYAN, ANDRUS, and OAKLEY with conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture containing methamphetamine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846. All three pled guilty to the conspiracy charge at different times from April 19, 2010, through June 22, 2010.

This case arose out of an investigation into drug trafficking activity in the Craven County area. Based in part on this investigation, RYAN, ANDRUS, and OAKLEY were identified as being involved in the methamphetamine conspiracy. The evidence showed that RYAN, ANDRUS and OAKLEY were manufacturing methamphetamine at RYAN’S detached garage on his residential property. Upon execution of a search warrant by law enforcement at that location, RYAN, ANDRUS, and OAKLEY began breaking various items in an effort to destroy evidence of their meth lab. After law enforcement made entry, eight officers, along with RYAN, ANDRUS, and OAKLEY were taken to the local hospital for chemical exposure. Also seized from the residence were supplies consistent with manufacturing methamphetamine as well as three shotguns, four rifles, and two handguns. The evidence also revealed that ANDRUS and RYAN were accountable for distributing over five kilograms of methamphetamine while involved in this drug trafficking conspiracy.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Craven County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Rudy E. Renfer represented the government.

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