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Lawrence Man Sentenced For Trafficking Drugs, Guns

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Kansas

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A Lawrence man was sentenced Monday to 15 years for trafficking drugs and guns, U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said.


Petsamai Phommaseng, 36, Lawrence, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. In his plea, he admitted he worked with co-defendant Damon Douglas Griffin and others to distribute methamphetamine in Douglas, Franklin and Anderson counties. Griffin, who was known by the street name Guido, provided methamphetamine to Phommaseng and other street dealers.


Phommaseng obtained methamphetamine from Griffin on credit and paid Griffin back after he sold the drugs. Phommaseng paid for the drugs in cash or gave Griffin firearms in payment.


Griffin was sentenced to 105 months in federal prison.


Beall commended the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the Franklin County Drug Enforcement Unit and Assistant U.S. Attorney Sheri Catania for their work on the case.

Updated October 2, 2017

Drug Trafficking