Davenport man sentenced to 15 years for meth manufacture


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Posted Online: Feb. 01, 2013, 6:38 pm
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By Rachel Warmke rwarmke@qconline.com
Steven Michael Gruetzmacher, 46, of Davenport, was sentenced Friday to 15 years in federal prison after pleading guilty in September to conspiring to manufacture anddistribute methamphetamine and possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug traffickingcrime.

During a sentencing hearing in the Davenport branch of the U.S. District Court for Southern Iowa, JudgeStephanie M. Rose also ordered him to serve five years of mandatory supervised release after he's released from prison.

Mr. Gruetzmacher was indicted in April, along withLeslie Wade Hardin, 42, andTravis Lee Meier, 21, addresses unknown. The three were accused of cooking meth at Mr. Gruetzmacher's home "on a daily basis" between 2011 and 2012, using precursors such as pseudoephedrine, Coleman fuel, coffee filters and lithium batteries, records state.

The trio produced at least 50 grams of meth, which they sold and used for recreational purposes, according to records. They were arrested after a police search of the home in March.

Mr. Gruetzmacher also admitted to having two handguns and two rifles "to help the drug conspiracy," court documents state.



















 



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