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Two women sentenced for multi-kilo meth conspiracy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 26, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that two women have been sentenced in federal court for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine throughout central Missouri.

Kathryn Kay Ross, 53, of Galmey, Mo., and Stephanie Sue Wilder,45, of Preston, Mo., were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey on Sept. 15, 2011. Ross was sentenced to 12 years and six months in federal prison without parole. Wilder was sentenced to three years in federal prison without parole.

On Dec. 14, 2010, Ross pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy that distributed from five to 15 kilos of methamphetamine. Ross also pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of pure methamphetamine and to illegally possessing a firearm.

Ross admitted that co-defendant Sergio Luis Rodriguez-Cabrera, 30, of Phoenix, Ariz., was her source of supply for the methamphetamine that she distributed throughout central Missouri, including Hickory County, Mo. Ross was the main supplier to four other co-defendants, including Wilder, all of whom have pleaded guilty.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Bruce Rhoades and Larry Miller. It was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Hickory County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department.

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