A Springfield, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Greene, Polk, Christian, Jasper, Laclede and Webster counties.
Jeffrey M. Gardner, 34, of Springfield, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 15 years in federal prison without parole.
On April 14, 2016, Gardner pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Gardner admitted that he sold 44 grams of methamphetamine to a confidential law enforcement source for $1,100 on Dec. 20, 2013. Gardner also admitted that he sold 57 grams of methamphetamine to the confidential source for $2,350 on Jan. 9, 2014.
Beginning in 2012, the Drug Enforcement Administration, assisted by other agencies, began investigating a large-scale methamphetamine distribution network in southwest Missouri involving several sources of supply both inside and outside of the state. Co-defendant Kenna Harmon, 37, of Republic, Mo., has pleaded guilty to being the leader of the drug-trafficking conspiracy along with her husband, Daniel Harmon. Daniel Harmon was indicted in the Eastern District of Missouri and pleaded guilty to possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and to being a felon in possession of a firearm.
In total, the Harmon drug-trafficking organization was responsible for the distribution of over 45 kilograms of methamphetamine from June 1, 2013, through Nov. 29, 2014. The Harmons obtained pound amounts of methamphetamine from sources in Kansas City and St. Louis, Mo., and in Oklahoma for distribution in the Springfield, Mo., area.