JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Camden County, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and for illegally possessing a firearm.
Donald George LaFlamme, III, 37, of Camden County, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan to 12 years and seven months in federal prison without parole.
On Nov. 25, 2013, LaFlamme pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. He also pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and to being a felon in possession of a firearm.
According to court documents, Lake Ozark, Mo., police officers were dispatched to LaFlamme’s room at a local hotel on Sept. 26, 2010, in reference to a domestic disturbance call. Officers contacted Krystle Ann Gezendorf, 27, who reported that she had been assaulted by LaFlamme, her boyfriend. When officers searched the hotel room, they found a Clerke .32-caliber revolver under the bed as well as a hypodermic needle, a bag containing methamphetamine and a piece of aluminum foil containing methamphetamine.
Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. LaFlamme has a prior felony conviction for fraudulently attempting to obtain a controlled substance.
Gezendorf told officers that LaFlamme had a large amount of money and methamphetamine that was likely stashed nearby. Hotel staff reported seeing LaFlamme entering several rooms and two housekeeping closets prior to law enforcement arriving. When officers searched those areas, they found additional methamphetamine and $2,525.
Gezendorf told federal agents that LaFlamme acquired approximately one half pound of methamphetamine approximately two to three times a week from a source in Kansas City, Mo., named Lorenzo Carbajal Pina, 52.
On Nov. 23, 2010, Camdenton, Mo., police officers were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash involving a 1996 Chevrolet Blazer. LaFlamme was discovered unconscious behind the wheel of the Blazer. He had to be extricated from the vehicle and was placed inside an ambulance to be transported to the hospital. While tending to LaFlamme, ambulance personnel discovered four bags of methamphetamine weighing approximately two ounces, a bag containing a user quantity of marijuana, and $3,054 inside LaFlamme’s pants pockets.
Gezendorf was sentenced to five years in federal prison without parole after pleading guilty to her role in the conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Pina was sentenced to 11 years and three months in federal prison without parole after pleading guilty to his role in the drug-trafficking conspiracy.This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lauren E. Kummerer. It was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Mid-Missouri Drug Task Force, the Lake Ozark, Mo., Police Department, and the Camdenton, Mo., Police Department.