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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Missouri

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Springfield Man Sentenced for Meth Conspiracy

SPRINGFIFELD, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Springfield, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Greene County, Mo.

 

Torell D. Wallace, 31, of Springfield, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 13 years and four months in federal prison without parole.

 

On Feb. 4, 2016, Wallace pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine in Greene County and elsewhere from Jan. 13 to June 15, 2015.

 

On Jan. 13, 2015, Wallace was stopped in Arkansas after the state police observed him swerve onto the left shoulder several times. When they approached him, Wallace appeared very nervous and made several inconsistent statements. Officers searched his vehicle and found a large Tupperware container with a vacuum-sealed bag inside, which contained 539.1 grams of pure methamphetamine. Wallace was transporting the methamphetamine to co-defendant Clint L. Stewart, 35, of Springfield.

 

On June 10 and 15, 2015, law enforcement officers made controlled buys of heroin and methamphetamine from Wallace and co-defendant George E. Baumgartner, 35, of Springfield.

 

Wallace is the third defendant to be sentenced after pleading guilty to participating in the drug-trafficking conspiracy. Stewart was sentenced to nine years in federal prison without parole. Baumgartner was sentenced to six years and eight months in federal prison without parole.

 

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Nhan D. Nguyen. It was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Arkansas State Police, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Springfield, Mo., Police Department.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated September 13, 2016