A woman identified as a leader of a significant methamphetamine ring in Leslie County was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison.
Barbara Burns, 64, admitted that from early 2009 through November 2013, she obtained the medication needed to manufacture meth in small homemade labs; recruited other people to get ingredients or make the drug; and sold meth, according to a court document.
Federal prosecutors Thomas Lee Gentry and Michael D. Pratt said in a motion that Burns organized more than 20 other people to make meth at her house.
Burns' case was among several related investigations in which about 150 people were charged in federal or state court, according to U.S. Attorney Kerry Harvey's office.
The U.S. Forest Service was the lead agency in the investigations, which centered on Leslie County.
A number of defendants in federal court received sentences of five years or more.
One of the longest federal sentences imposed so far was 11 years and six months for Timmy "Tadpole" Wilkins, who admitted supplying a key meth ingredient to Burns, according to court records.