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Springfield Woman Sentenced for Meth Conspiracy

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

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Tom Larson, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Springfield, Mo., woman was sentenced in federal court today for her role in a conspiracy to distribute 24 pounds of methamphetamine that was shipped from California.

Lisa Renae Thompson, 39, of Springfield, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark to 11 years and three months in federal prison without parole.

On Dec. 13, 2016, Thompson pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine from June 1 through Sept. 11, 2015. Co-defendant Michael E. Ford, 37, of Springfield, also has pleaded guilty to his role in the drug-trafficking conspiracy and awaits sentencing. Ford also pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm in furtherance of that drug-trafficking conspiracy.

A co-conspirator shipped methamphetamine from California to Springfield in two- to two-and-a-half-pound increments to Thompson. Thompson picked up the packages at various hotels in the Springfield area then contacted Ford. Ford picked up the methamphetamine from Thompson and distributed it to others.

After a few days, Ford would then meet with Thompson and give her $10,800. Thompson kept $800 and sent $10,000 to the co-conspirator in California.

Thompson admitted that she received approximately 24 pounds of methamphetamine, which she gave to Ford. Thompson also kept some of the methamphetamine and sold it directly to others.

After Thompson was arrested on Sept. 11, 2015, Ford began receiving methamphetamine shipments from the co-conspirator in California. On Sept. 30, 2015, the Springfield Police Department received a phone call from a FedEx employee about a suspicious package. Police officers delivered the 2.2-pound package of methamphetamine to Ford at a Springfield residence, where he was arrested. Ford had a Ruger .22-caliber handgun in his possession.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Abram McGull II. It was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Springfield, Mo., Police Department.

Updated April 7, 2017

Drug Trafficking