Woman Sentenced After Meth Lab Bust

A woman is headed to prison after a meth lab bust that sent eight law enforcement officers to the hospital.

A federal judge sentenced 31-year-old Bernice Andrus of Newport to 13 years in prison for her role in a methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy.

Andrus was arrested in April 2009 after lawmen in Craven County busted a meth lab on Highway 70 between New Bern and Havelock.
Detectives said one of the drug suspects started trying to destroy evidence when lawmen busted in, and that caused a chemical reaction. One deputy had to be put in intensive care, but everyone survived.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says Andrus was responsible for distributing over five kilograms of methamphetamine while she
was involved in this drug trafficking conspiracy.

The sentencings for Andrus' co-defendants, her husband, Jerry Ryan, and his cousin, Billy Oakley, are scheduled for next month.

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  • by Rpb Location: Craven County on Feb 10, 2011 at 10:40 AM
    Well, Bob, the point I'm trying to make, is that maybe 13 years would be relavent to a person that trafficed 5 kilos of meth, but Bernice did not traffic 5 kilos of meth, her husband did. Yea, meth can ruin lives, your right, this is an example of how that happens, she is getting 13 years for a crime she didn't commit. Not saying she is not guilty for knowing what was going on, but when you're in a marriage that is mentally abusive, then you become a victim. Guilty by association.
  • by bob Location: washington on Feb 10, 2011 at 07:38 AM
    distributing meth is a violent crime. it leads to the physical and mental break down of users as well as many acts of violence between dealers and persons trafficking. Think of all the teens and young adults who use meth for the first time and are changed for the rest of their lives. If you consider the amount of people whose lives could be affected by 5 KILOS OF METH, then id say 13 years is a slap on the wrist.
  • by Rob Location: Craven County on Feb 10, 2011 at 05:26 AM
    I think 13 years is ridiculous for a non violent crime and I feel Bernice was wrongly accused.
  • by To Scott: on Feb 10, 2011 at 03:05 AM
    I think violent crimes and armed robbery need to have the death penalty implemented and harshly enforced before we see a drop in crime statistics. Meth lab runners also need stiff penalties. BUT, I feel murder & rape are far worse and desperately need the death penalty invoked. The fear factor of getting prosecuted is far too low.
  • by Demosthenes on Feb 9, 2011 at 05:56 PM
    Simple solution Marc, a murder conviction = a cyanide milkshake (although I think we would need to raise the burden of proof for this). Solves all kinds of problems. I'm not unhappy with the 13 year sentence though, meth is concentrated evil.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Feb 9, 2011 at 04:29 PM
    I think they use propane to cook the meth,let the one's who sell propane keep a list of who is buying a lot of it turn the list in to law enforcement and follow the trail.
  • by marc Location: asheville on Feb 9, 2011 at 12:57 PM
    I wouldnt call 13 years a "slap on the hand". Meth dealers are getting almost double the time of those committed for murder. I'm not sure the time fits the crime.
  • by Scott on Feb 9, 2011 at 11:21 AM
    If they'd make an example of some of these people then you'd see this stuff stop happening. As long as they are getting slaps on the wrists, it will continue. There's no incentive for them to stop.
  • by no surprised on Feb 9, 2011 at 09:39 AM
    funny they don't mention others going to jail. prayers going out to the law enforcement hope all are well.locke them all up and throw away the key because they will do it again.
  • by Ginny Location: ENC on Feb 9, 2011 at 09:24 AM
    Good! More stupid, ignorant redneck trash off the streets! What has NC become the Meth Lab capital of the US? What with all the shootings and the drugs ENC should have major city status like LA or DC! Really people, if you know something is going on in your neighborhood, tell the right people so we can get the trash off the street and make our neighborhoods safe for our children again!

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