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Coin, Iowa and Elmo, Missouri Men Sentenced For Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 28, 2012

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA - On March 27, 2012, Edward Eugene Gray, Sr., age 54, of Coin, Iowa, and Wilbur Leo Long, III, age 47, of Elmo, Missouri, were sentenced by United States District Court Judge John A. Jarvey for their participation in a drug conspiracy, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. Edward Eugene Gray, Sr. was sentenced to 150 months imprisonment, and Wilbur Leo Long, III, was sentenced to a term of 100 months imprisonment for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Both were also sentenced to five years supervised release following their incarceration.

From approximately January of 2005 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, age 56, of College Springs, Iowa; Edward Eugene Gray, Jr., age 34, of Clarinda, Iowa; Levi Edward Gray, age 23, of Clarinda, Iowa, and others.

Edward Gray, Jr. Was sentenced on February 21, 2012, 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 on February 21, 2012, to a term of 48 months imprisonment for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Co-defendant Orvis Lee Wagaman, is scheduled for sentencing on May 22, 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 Sheriff’s Office, Page County Sheriff’s Office, and the Ringgold and Taylor County Attorneys’ Offices. This case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

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