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Muncie Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison for Armed Trafficking of Methamphetamine and Fentanyl

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

INDIANAPOLIS- Anson O’Neal, 22, of Muncie, Indiana, has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking.

According to court documents, on January 31, 2022, agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration and Officers with the Muncie Police Department executed a search warrant at O’Neal’s home in Muncie, Indiana.

Officers found bags of methamphetamine in multiple locations throughout the house, including under the floor mat outside the front door, in a bedroom safe, and in a closet. The three bags of methamphetamine found on a closet shelf were stored directly on top of two loaded guns. A total of approximately 890 grams of methamphetamine was seized from the home. Investigators also seized approximately 63 grams of fentanyl, over $19,000 in cash, and a total of six firearms—including an AR-15 style rifle. O’Neal admitted that he possessed the methamphetamine and fentanyl with the intent to distribute the drugs to others, and that he possessed the guns in furtherance of his drug trafficking activities.

United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, Zachary A. Myers, Michael Gannon, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the DEA’s Indianapolis Field Office, and Muncie Police Chief Nathan Sloan made the announcement.

“Dealers of deadly drugs, armed with deadly weapons, are a poison in our communities,” said Zachary A. Myers, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana. “Those who choose to endanger our families to further their own greed will be identified and prosecuted. With our federal, state, and local partners, we are committed to dismantling these operations and ensuring that dangerous criminals are taken off our streets and held accountable for their actions.”

The Drug Enforcement Administration and Muncie Police Department investigated this case. The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Court Judge, Sarah Evans Barker. Judge Barker also ordered that O’Neal be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office for 5 years following his release from federal prison.

U.S. Attorney Myers thanked Assistant United States Attorney Patrick G. Gibson, who prosecuted this case.

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, as little as two milligrams of fentanyl can be fatal, depending on a person’s body size, tolerance, and past usage. One kilogram of fentanyl has the potential to kill 500,000 people. 6 out of 10 illegal fentanyl tablets sold on U.S. streets now contain a potentially lethal dose of the drug.

One Pill Can Kill: Avoid pills bought on the street because One Pill Can Kill. Fentanyl has now become the leading cause of death in the United States. Fentanyl is a highly potent opioid that drug dealers dilute with cutting agents to make counterfeit prescription pills that appear to be Oxycodone, Percocet, Xanax, and other drugs. Fake prescription pills laced with fentanyl are usually shaped and colored to look like pills sold at pharmacies. For example, fake prescription pills known as “M30s” imitate Oxycodone obtained from a pharmacy, but when sold on the street the pills routinely contain fentanyl. These pills are usually round tablets and often light blue in color, though they may be in different shapes and a rainbow of colors. They often have “M” and “30” imprinted on opposite sides of the pill. Do not take these or any other pills bought on the street – they are routinely fake and poisonous, and you won’t know until it’s too late. 


Updated July 26, 2023

Drug Trafficking