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A U.S. District Judge has sentenced a Newport man for his role in a methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy in which his wife was sentenced a month earlier.

Jerry Wayne Ryan, 40, was sentenced to 276 months imprisonment followed by 10 years of supervised release, according to the release Wednesday. His wife, Bernice Andrus, 31, was sentenced Feb. 8 to 156 months’ imprisonment followed by five years of supervised release for her role in the conspiracy, the release stated.

The sentencing for the couple’s co-defendant, Billy Oakley is scheduled for April 4.

A Federal Grand Jury returned an indictment on Feb. 4, 2010, charging Ryan, Andrus and Oakley with conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams of more of a mixture containing methamphetamine. All three pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charge.

The three were manufacturing methamphetamine at Ryan’s detached garage on his property, according to the release. When officers executed a search warrant, Ryan, Andrus and Oakley made an effort to destroy evidence of the meth lab causing eight officers along with the three to be taken to a local hospital for treatment for chemical exposure, according to the release.

Supplies consistent with manufacturing meth, three shotguns, four rifles and two handguns were seized from the residence.

Andrus and Ryan were also accountable for distributing over five kilograms of methamphetamine while involved in this drug trafficking conspiracy, the release states.

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