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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