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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


BRADLEY J. SCHLOZMAN



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FEBRUARY 9, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


SPRINGFIELD MAN SENTENCED FOR METH CONSPIRACY


            SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Bradley J. Schlozman, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Springfield, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Greene County, Mo.


            Tyrone Davis, 40, of Springfield, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr this morning to 11 years and three months in federal prison without parole.


            On Aug. 25, 2006, Davis pleaded guilty to his role in a conspiracy to distribute in excess of 500 grams of methamphetamine in Greene County from July 31, 2002, to June 18, 2003. Davis admitted that he obtained supplies of methamphetamine from co-defendants Gary Don Larimore, 38, of Willard, Mo., Cynthia Lynn Meyer, 36, of Springfield, and others, which he redistributed to others in the Greene County area. The quantity of methamphetamine distributed in this fashion was between 1.5 kilograms and five kilograms.


            Davis is the third defendant to be sentenced, among four defendants who have pleaded guilty to charges contained in a Nov. 3, 2005, federal indictment.


            Meyer was sentenced on Dec. 18, 2006, to four years and nine months in federal prison without parole. Meyer pleaded guilty on Aug. 24, 2006, to her role in the methamphetamine conspiracy. Meyer admitted that she obtained supplies of methamphetamine from Larimore, which she provided to Davis and others for redistribution in Greene County. The quantity of methamphetamine distributed by Meyer in this fashion was between 350 and 500 grams.


            Barry Allen Crooks, 39, of Hollister, Mo., was sentenced on Aug. 18, 2006, to 15 years and eight months in federal prison without parole. Crooks pleaded guilty on May 5, 2006, to his role in the conspiracy. Crooks admitted that he distributed more than 15 kilograms of methamphetamine to Larimore and other co-conspirators for redistribution in Greene County.


            Larimore pleaded guilty on Aug. 25, 2006, to his role in the methamphetamine conspiracy and awaits sentencing. Larimore admitted that he obtained supplies of methamphetamine from Crooks, which he provided to Davis and Meyer for re-distribution in the Greene County area. The quantity of methamphetamine Larimore distributed in this fashion in more than 1.5 kilograms but less than five kilograms.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robyn L. McKee. It was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, COMET (the Combined Ozarks Multijurisdictional Enforcement Team) and the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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