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Ex-Dundee man sentenced for meth

WORTHINGTON -- Scott Gordon Reinke, 38, formerly of Dundee, was sentenced to seven years with the Minnesota Department of Corrections Monday. He will serve at least four and a half years in prison.

Reinke was arrested in late November 2007 after a "no knock" search warrant was executed at his home in Dundee. Authorities found many items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

He had come under suspicion after frequently purchasing large amounts of pseudoephedrine.

He was charged with first-degree controlled substance - attempted manufacture of meth, four counts of possession of precursors and possession of drug paraphernalia.

After bonding out of jail, Reinke and his girlfriend, Kari Kremer, moved to Colorado. In October 2008, Reinke returned to Minnesota to plead guilty to the first-degree controlled substance charge. Kremer was charged in the meth lab case that same month. She turned herself in to authorities Monday.

During Reinke's hearing, his attorney, F. Clayton Tyler, asked for a downward departure of 72 months, pointing out Reinke's cooperation in providing information to the state about his girlfriend.

"It is not very often that someone steps up to the plate and takes responsibility for himself," Tyler said.

Judge Jeffrey Flynn denied the downward departure, sentencing Reinke for 84 months, but did give him a week to get his affairs in order before turning himself in to the Nobles County Sheriff Feb. 16.

After serving two-thirds of the sentence in prison, Reinke will be eligible for supervised release for the last 32 months.