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Plea entered in massive Ellis County drug bust case





Three of the four people arrested in a September drug bust that netted 2.5 pounds of crystal methamphetamine now have accepted plea deals.

Rick Grecian, 39, Hays, made his appearance Wednesday in Ellis County District Court.

He agreed to enter an Alford Plea to three counts of felony distribution of methamphetamine and a single felony count of possession of methamphetamine.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, sentencing for Grecian on all four counts will run consecutive to one another for a total of 71 months.

"Defendant will serve his prison sentence of 71 months, and not seek probation," states the plea agreement reached between Ellis County Attorney Tom Drees and Grecian's defense attorney Kip Johnson.

Sentencing tentatively was scheduled for Jan. 13.

He initially was charged with possessing 1,007 grams of methamphetamine, an amount generally considered to be massive for the Hays area.

Two of the three other people arrested in the sweep by the Ellis County Drug Enforcement Unit already have reached plea agreements in the case.

Ricky L. McBee, 39, Hays, already has been sentenced to 71 months in prison. He accepted the plea agreement Oct. 29.

He was sentenced to 49 months in prison for distribution of methamphetamine, 11 months for possession of methamphetamine, and an additional 11 months for felony possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sentencing had been scheduled for Monday for Nathaniel B. Ward, 25, who reached a plea agreement Oct. 16, pleading no contest to distribution of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and felony possession of marijuana.

Sentencing has not been rescheduled.

The case against Karen R. Knoll, 46, Ellis, the fourth person arrested in connection with the case, still is pending.