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Man gets more than six years for meth lab in Atwater home

WILLMAR -- Darryl Alan Kise, 54, of Atwater, was sentenced We-dnesday to 74 months in prison on a first de-gree fe-lony char-ge of manufacturing methamphetamine.

The charge was one of three filed in Kandiyohi County District Court after law enforcement officials found an operating methamphetamine lab in an Atwater home where Kise was living. As part of a plea agreement, two additional charges, possession of meth precursors and fourth-degree drug possession were dismissed by Judge Kathryn N. Smith.

Kise was also fined $1,000 and ordered to pay court fees. He was given credit for 280 days served in jail. Smith ordered that restitution remain open for 30 days.

The sentence was at the bottom of the range in the state's sentencing guidelines, which runs from 74 to 103 months, Smith said. The maximum penalty for the crime is 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

According to the Kandiyohi County complaint, Granite Falls police officers stopped a vehicle Feb. 6 in Chippewa County outside of Granite Falls. Kise and another man, Troy Alan Bunce, 41, of St. Cloud, were arrested.

The two felony charges, for manufacture of meth and possession of meth precursors, filed in Chippewa County against Kise were dismissed by the prosecuting attorney on Oct. 16. Bunce was sentenced Sept. 29 to 25 months in prison on a first-degree manufacture of meth charge. He was also fined $1,000, also in Chippewa County District Court.

On Feb. 7, CEE-VI Drug Task Force agents went to Kise's home in Atwater and informed his father of his arrest in Chippewa County. John Kise told the agents that his son lives in the basement and consented to a search of that area of the home.

During the search, agents found numerous items of drug paraphernalia and items associated with the manufacture of meth, including mason jars filled with liquids. The complaint notes that the jars contained materials at different stages in the meth-making process, leading the officers to believe that several batches of meth were in the process of cooking at the time.

The search also revealed jars, spoons, funnels, tubing, electrical wire, large quantities of matches, test kits, coffee filters, gun cleaner, pseudoephedrine and handwritten notes about the drug.

There were 15 chemistry books in the basement bedroom, the complaint states, with pages marked to topics used in the process of cooking meth, including crystallization from solution, liquid/solid systems, quantitative analysis, alcohols and peroxide fusion.

Also found in the basement were plastic bags of white powder that tested positive as methamphetamine, three butane torches and digital scales. The home was marked as a meth lab by agents and then turned over to a hazardous materials crew for cleanup of the contaminated and hazardous materials.