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

Monday, May 16, 2016

Two Columbia Men, Arizona Man Sentenced for Meth Conspiracy

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that three men were sentenced in federal court today for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine after law enforcement officers seized several pounds of methamphetamine from a Columbia, Mo., hotel room.


Todd Michael Zazilenski, 40, of Phoenix, Ariz., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough to 10 years in federal prison without parole. Ryan Roger Ellingboe, 41, of Columbia, was sentenced to six years and eight months in federal prison without parole. Shane Alan Callahan, 30, of Columbia, was sentenced to five years in federal prison without parole.


Zazilenski, Ellingboe and Callahan each pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Boone County and elsewhere from April 2015 to May 14, 2015.


A deputy with the St. Charles County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department stopped a Cadillac Escalade driven by Ellingboe for a traffic violation on May 14, 2015. Callahan was a passenger in the vehicle. The deputy smelled burnt marijuana upon approaching the vehicle and conducted a search of the vehicle. The deputy found a vacuum-sealed bag that contained approximately one pound of methamphetamine behind the glove box.


Ellingboe and Callahan told law enforcement officers they had traveled from Columbia that morning to meet a customer in St. Charles, Mo., who wanted to purchase the methamphetamine. Callahan stated that he was brokering the methamphetamine transaction between Ellingboe and another individual. Ellingboe had access to a pound of methamphetamine and had asked Callahan if he knew of a customer. Callahan located a customer in St. Charles who wanted to purchase one pound of methamphetamine.


When Ellingboe picked up Callahan in Columbia that morning, he was already in possession of the one pound of methamphetamine. Ellingboe and Callahan then began driving to St. Charles to complete the transaction.


Zazilenski admitted that he provided the methamphetamine to Ellingboe to sell in St. Charles. Ellingboe was supposed to pay Zazilenski $8,000 for the methamphetamine. Law enforcement officers searched Zazilenski’s room at the Howard Johnson Inn in Columbia and found three bags, each containing approximately one pound of methamphetamine, for a total weight of 1.369 kilograms.


Zazilenski also admitted that he provided an additional 1.5 pounds of methamphetamine to Ellingboe during a visit to Columbia on April 17-19, 2015.


This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Larry Miller. It was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Columbia, Mo., Police Department, the St. Charles, Mo., Police Department and the St. Charles County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department.

Drug Trafficking
Updated May 16, 2016