Kingsford women accept plea deals on meth charges

SAMANTHA MATSON

IRON MOUNTAIN — Two Kingsford women accused of contributing to methamphetamine manufacture accepted plea deals on their charges Monday in Dickinson County Circuit Court and will be sentenced July 10.

Samantha Marie Matson, 27, pleaded guilty to operating or maintaining a meth lab near specified places, a 20-year felony; soliciting another to obtain pseudoephedrine, a 10-year felony; and a habitual offender-second status, which increases the maximum penalties to 30 years on the first charge and 15 years on the second.

Dickinson County Prosecutor Lisa Richards agreed to dismiss an unrelated felony drug case, to not pursue additional meth charges from another Kingsford incident, and to recommend concurrent rather than consecutive sentencing.

However, Matson must testify against her co-defendants and provide additional interviews to law enforcement if necessary, Richards added.

Tracie Lynn Anderson, 44, pleaded guilty to possession of meth, a 10-year felony, and purchase or possess pseudoephedrine to make meth, a five-year felony.

TRACIE ANDERSON

Pursuant to the deal, Richards dismissed the more serious charge of operating or maintaining a meth lab near specified places, a 20-year felony, and did not object to Anderson receiving 60 days of jail credit for the successful completion of a substance abuse treatment program.

Like Matson, Anderson must testify against her co-defendants and submit to further interviews by law enforcement if requested, Richards said.

Amber Nicole Londree, 25, dumped meth waste near Cowboy Lake in Kingsford and a resident reported it to authorities March 10, according to information from Kingsford Public Safety officers.

Officers interviewed Londree on March 19 and obtained a search warrant for a home on Cleveland Avenue she shared with Matson, Anderson and 54-year-old Robert Harold Anderson.

Investigation revealed Londree and Matson had the Andersons, as well as 26-year-old Mariah Leigh VanPembrook of Kingsford, buy Sudafed so they could make meth, according to the criminal complaint.

Londree is set for a June 5 sentencing in circuit court, Robert Anderson has a July 16 through 18 jury trial scheduled in circuit court, and VanPembrook’s case will be remanded to the district court.

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