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Linn Woman Pleads Guilty to Illegal Firearm, Meth

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

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Linn, Mo., woman pleaded guilty in federal court today to illegally possessing methamphetamine and a firearm.


Sangria Dawn Mueller, 39, of Linn, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Matt J. Whitworth to both counts of a June 25, 2015, federal indictment.


By pleading guilty today, Mueller admitted that she was in possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute on Feb. 20, 2014, in Osage County, Mo.


Mueller also admitted that she was in possession of a Smith & Wesson 9mm semi-automatic handgun on Feb. 20, 2014. Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Mueller has three prior felony convictions for possession of a controlled substance and a prior felony conviction for driving while revoked.


Law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Mueller’s residence on Feb. 20, 2014. Officers found an ammunition box in the garage that contained three bags of methamphetamine totaling 165 grams and the firearm in the top drawer of a bedroom dresser.


Under federal statutes, Mueller is subject to a sentence of up to 30 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $1,250,000. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.


This case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Stuart J. Zander. It was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Osage County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, and the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group (LANEG).

Updated September 1, 2015

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