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Clarinda Men Sentenced For Conspiracy To Distribute Methamphetamine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 23, 2012

EDWARD GRAY JR., ALSO SENTENCED ON RELATED FIREARM CHARGE

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA - Edward Eugene Gray, Jr., age 33, and Levi Edward Gray, age 23, both of Clarinda, Iowa, were sentenced by United States District Court Judge John A. Jarvey on February 21, 2012, for their participation in a drug conspiracy announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. Edward Gray, Jr. was sentenced to 180 months for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and 60 months for possession of a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking offense, for a total sentence of 240 months imprisonment. Levi Gray was sentenced to a term of 48 months imprisonment for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Both were sentenced to a term of five years supervised release.

According to the written plea agreement, from approximately January of 2004 until November of 2010, the defendants were involved in the distribution of methamphetamine in the Southwest Iowa and Northwest Missouri areas with co-conspirators Orvis Lee Wagaman, of College Springs, Iowa; Edward Eugene Gray, Sr., of Coin, Iowa; and others. Additionally, Edward Eugene Gray, Jr. was aware that a co-conspirator carried a firearm while distributing methamphetamine with Gray, Jr., and the possession of the firearm was in furtherance of the drug conspiracy.

Wagaman, and Edward Gray, Sr., have entered guilty pleas to the drug conspiracy and are scheduled for sentencing on March 27, 2012.

This case was investigated by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, Drug Enforcement Administration, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Nodaway County Sheriff’s Office (MO), Buchanan County Drug Strike Force (MO), NITRO Task Force (MO), Tri County Task Force (Adams, Ringgold, and Taylor Counties), Ringgold County, Iowa, Sheriff’s Office, Page County, Iowa, Sheriff’s Office, and the Ringgold and Taylor County Attorneys’ Offices. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa..

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