2012 News Releases

Two men sentenced to prison for manufacturing meth

Release Date: May 24, 2012

SEDAN – (May 24, 2012) – Two men were sentenced Wednesday to seven or more years each in prison for manufacturing methamphetamine, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Bennie Ray Stuchell, 36, of Sedan, pled guilty in April to manufacturing methamphetamine. He was sentenced to 108 months in the Kansas Department of Corrections. Steven Bertsch, 25, of Dewey, Okla., pled guilty to the same charge in March. He was sentenced to 84 months in the Kansas Department of Corrections. Judge William Cullins presided over the sentencing in Chautauqua County District Court.

The charges stemmed from an anonymous tip that methamphetamine was being manufactured at a Sedan hotel. The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and Sedan Police Department investigated the crimes.

Assistant Attorneys General Andrew Bauch and Brian Duncan from Schmidt’s office prosecuted the cases.

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