4 men sentenced for meth-related crimes in Houston County

Staff reportMay 12, 2014 

Members of what authorities say was a major methamphetamine ring in Middle Georgia have been sentenced in federal court for their roles in the distribution network.

Chad Minter, 40, of Warner Robins, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine; Travis Walker McElhenny, 40, of Warner Robins, was sentenced to seven years in prison for possession of the drug with the intent to distribute; and Marty Bass, 51, of Griffin, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute the drug, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Also, Jon Rylander, 28, of Bonaire, was sentenced to three years probation for methamphetamine possession.

The sentences were handed down Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Marc Treadwell. Sentencing dates have not be set for Jonathan McBride, 39, of Centerville, and Shawn Foster Phillips, 35, of Danville, who both previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

The organization distributed more than 50 kilograms of methamphetamine from Jan. 1, 2011, tp Dec. 31, 2012, according to the release.

As part of their pleas, group members admitted to their respective parts in the distribution chain: Phillips traveled from Warner Robins to Atlanta to get methamphetamine from a supply source. He then took the drugs back to Warner Robins where they were sold to Rylander, Bass, McBride, McElhenny and other people in the area who sold the drugs to street level dealers, according to the release.

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