Prison, jail terms for Kingsford four in meth lab
IRON MOUNTAIN — Four Kingsford residents were sentenced Tuesday in Dickinson County Circuit Court for their involvement in what Judge Mary Barglind called one of the largest-producing methamphetamine labs she has seen while on the bench.
Samantha Marie Matson, 27, was identified as the ringleader and a repeat meth producer, so Barglind ordered she serve a minimum of seven years and three months to a maximum of 30 years in prison, with credit for 113 days already served. She previously pleaded guilty to felony operating or maintaining a meth lab near specified places, felony soliciting another to obtain pseudoephedrine and a habitual offender-second status.
Robert Harold Anderson, 54, was sentenced to one year in jail, with credit for 109 days already served, and two years of probation after pleading guilty to felony possession of meth, felony purchase or possess pseudoephedrine to make meth and a habitual offender-second status. If he successfully completes a substance abuse treatment program, he can get an additional 60 days of jail credit.
Tracie Lynn Anderson, 45, will serve 10 months in jail, with credit for 109 days already served, and two years of probation for felony possession of meth and felony purchase or possess pseudoephedrine to make meth. Like Robert Anderson, she can get up to 60 days of jail credit for the successful completion of a substance abuse treatment program.
Mariah Leigh VanPembrook, 27, was ordered to serve four months in jail, with credit for one day already served, and 18 months of probation after pleading guilty to misdemeanor use of meth.
A fifth co-defendant, 26-year-old Amber Nicole Londree of Kingsford, was sentenced last month to a minimum of five years to a maximum of 30 years in prison.
Londree dumped meth waste near Cowboy Lake in Kingsford and a resident reported it to authorities March 10, according to 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 and the Andersons.
Investigation revealed Matson and Londree had the Andersons, as well as VanPembrook, buy Sudafed so they could make meth. The Andersons then allowed the manufacture of meth in their residence, Barglind noted.
Londree personally admitted to making or assisting in making between 50 and 450 grams of the drug between July 2017 and March. The meth manufacturing process resulted in eight buckets of waste, Barglind said.