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Springfield Woman Sentenced to 20 Years for Meth Conspiracy

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

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Springfield, Mo., woman was sentenced in federal court today for her role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Carol A. Hardy, also known as Carol A. Johnson, 49, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough to 20 years in federal prison without parole.

On July 17, 2018, Hardy pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine from March 30 to Oct. 18, 2017. Hardy was an upper-level distributor in a drug trafficking organization that distributed at least 4.5 kilograms of pure methamphetamine in the Springfield area. The methamphetamine was purchased from Kansas City, Mo., and Oklahoma City, Okla., and transported by vehicle to the Springfield area.

Law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Hardy’s residence and found 1.766 kilograms of methamphetamine in a safe on the floor of a bedroom closet. Officers also found a notebook containing a drug ledger inside a purse on top of the bed.

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

Updated December 14, 2018

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