Meth dealer faces prison term.

April 22, 2019

Meth dealer faces prison term.

Michael Barrett and attorney Terry Shaw

By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

HART – A 30-year-old Hart man faces serving a minimum of six years to a maximum of 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to methamphetamine delivery/manufacturing Monday, April 22, in 27th Circuit Court.

Michael August Barrett, of 301 S. State St., testified that last February he sold five grams of meth for $450 in to an undercover narcotics officer at a gas station in the City of Hart. When asked by Judge Robert D. Springstead where he got the meth, Barrett answered, “I got it from a supplier out of Muskegon.”

Sentencing guidelines in the case are 72-120 months, and the maximum penalty is 20 years in prison. Oceana County Prosecutor Joseph Bizon agreed to a cap of eight years.

Sentencing is June 17 at 9 a.m.

Because Barrett was on parole at the time he committed the offense, he won’t get any jail credit for his time served, said Judge Robert D. Springstead.

According to the Offender Tracking Information System (OTIS), Brarett’s previous record is extensive. The following are his convictions and sentencings: operating/maintaining a meth lab, May 24, 2016, Newaygo County, one and a half to 20 years; attempted unarmed robbery, Nov. 19, 2009, Montcalm County, two to five years; unlawful use of a vehicle, Aug. 29, 2005, Newaygo County, two years; second-degree fleeing and eluding police, July 8, 2008, Newaygo County, two years; and possession of narcotic or cocaine less then 25 grams, Dec. 15, 2015, Kent County, two years and six months.

Barrett is lodged in the Oceana County Jail on a $75,000/cash bond.

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