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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


BRADLEY J. SCHLOZMAN



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MARCH 5, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


TWO COLUMBIA MEN SENTENCED FOR METH


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Bradley J. Schlozman, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that two Columbia, Mo., men were sentenced in federal court today for participating in a conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine.


             Timothy Eric Conrad, 37, and Blake Edward Idel, 22, both of Columbia, were sentenced before U.S. District Judge Scott O. Wright. Conrad was sentenced to 13 years and four months in federal prison without parole. Idel was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison without parole.


             On July 25, 2006, Conrad pleaded guilty to his role in a conspiracy to manufacture and distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine and 50 grams or more of pure methamphetamine from Nov. 16, 2003, to May 24, 2005, in Boone and Callaway County, Mo. Idel pleaded guilty to his role in the conspiracy on Dec. 20, 2005.


             Co-defendant Karen Kay Wall, 42, of Columbia, was sentenced on Aug. 29, 2006, to three years and three months in federal prison without parole.


             Co-defendant Gregory Loring Ford, 38, of Columbia, pleaded guilty to his role in the conspiracy on July 25, 2006, and awaits sentencing.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Lynn. It was investigated by the Columbia, Mo., Police Department, the Boone County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, MUSTANG, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Special Emergency Response Team.


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