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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Kansas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 16, 2014

Ottawa Man Sentenced To 15 YearsFor Methamphetamine Trafficking

KANSAS CITY, KAN. An Ottawa man was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in federal prison for trafficking in methamphetamine.

James New, 47, Ottawa, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. In his plea, he admitted that from December 2010 to March 21, 2012, he and others conspired to distribute methamphetamine in Franklin County, Kan. When law enforcement officers stopped his car on March 21, 2012, they seized methamphetamine, scales, plastic baggies and more than $22,000 in cash. Investigators learned that New was spending $10,000 for 10 ounces of methamphetamine twice a week and distributing to customers in Franklin County.

Co-defendants include:
Jessica Blackstone, who was sentenced to 116 months in federal prison.
Nicholas Griffin, who was sentenced to 75 months.

Grissom commended the Franklin County Drug Enforcement Unit and Assistant U.S. Attorney Sheri McCracken for their work on the case.