Cocaine dealer pleads guilty, faces year in jail.

December 18, 2017

Brent Krauss with his attorney, Richard Prysock.

Cocaine dealer pleads guilty, faces year in jail.


By Allison Scarbrough. Editor.

HART — A 19-year-old Shelby man faces serving one year in jail after pleading guilty in 27th Circuit Court Monday, Dec. 18, to three counts of cocaine delivery less than 50 grams.

Brent Douglas Krauss and his 50-year-old co-defendant, Rodney Alvin Ramthun of Shelby, were arrested last month on cocaine delivery charges following a drug bust by the State, Sheriffs’, Chiefs’ Enforcement of Narcotics Team (SSCENT) in the 4000 block of West Baker Road.

Krauss was charged with five counts of delivery of cocaine less than 50 grams, each of which are punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Ramthun is charged with delivery of cocaine, possession with intent to deliver cocaine, manufacturing marijuana 5-45 kilograms, and fourth-offense habitual offender.

Sentencing guidelines in Krauss’ case are 0-17 months, said Oceana County Prosecutor Joseph Bizon, who agreed to cap his jail time at 12 months. Krauss will also serve a term of probation.

Krauss testified Monday before Judge Robert D. Springstead that he sold 3.5 grams of cocaine for $230 on three separate occasions in Oceana County. He sold the drugs to an undercover officer, Bizon said.

Sentencing is set for Feb. 26 at 9 a.m.

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