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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


BRADLEY J. SCHLOZMAN



Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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FEBRUARY 23, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


COLUMBIA MAN SENTENCED FOR

MANUFACTURING METH


            JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Bradley J. Schlozman, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Columbia, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for participating in a conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.


             Michael Robert Sanders, 42, of Columbia, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey this morning to four years and two months in federal prison without parole.


             On July 28, 2006, Sanders pleaded guilty to his role in the methamphetamine conspiracy. Sanders was arrested on Feb. 4, 2004, after police were notified that he had purchased items that could be used to manufacture methamphetamine from the Westlake Hardware store in Columbia. After setting up surveillance, police officers pulled over a pick-up truck driven by an alleged co-conspirator, in which Sanders was the passenger. Inside the back of the truck, officers found plastic baggies and other containers of methamphetamine as well as numerous items associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine, some of which contained methamphetamine residue. After his arrest, officers also found two syringes with methamphetamine residue in Sanders’ pocket.


             Co-defendant Richard Douglas Jennings, 34, of also of Columbia, was sentenced to two years of probation on Jan. 17, 2007. Jennings pleaded guilty on July 28, 2006, to possessing methamphetamine.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Lynn. It was investigated by the Columbia, Mo., Police Department, MUSTANG (the Missouri Unified Strike Force and Narcotics Group) and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.


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