Missouri State Highway Patrol

Polo man arrested on several allegations

The Highway Patrol reports the arrest of a Polo man in Clinton County the afternoon of Friday, June 26th on several allegations. Sixty-one year old James Barnes was accused of felony possession of a controlled substance—methamphetamine, driving while intoxicated—drug intoxication, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also accused of driving while suspended and […]

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Missouri man sentenced to 27 years in prison for trafficking meth with children present in the home

A Monett, Missouri, man was sentenced in federal court for trafficking methamphetamine at a home with children present. Victor M. De Santiago, 36, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 27 years and four months in federal prison without parole. On Nov. 21, 2019, De Santiago pleaded guilty to one count of […]

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Missouri man sentenced to 25 years for meth trafficking, illegal firearms

 A Springfield, Missouri, man was sentenced in federal court for methamphetamine trafficking and illegally possessing numerous firearms. Timothy Brian Schutten, 36, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 25 years in federal prison without parole. On Aug. 8, 2019, Schutten pleaded guilty to possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and to […]

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Three Mexican nationals sentenced to prison for role in meth conspiracy

Three Mexican nationals have been sentenced in federal court for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute large quantities of methamphetamine. Alfredo Soto-Contreras, also known as “Antonio,” 38, of Kansas City, Missouri, was sentenced by U.S. Chief District Judge Beth Phillips to 10 years and 10 months in federal prison without parole. Omar Eliseo Barraza-Bueno, […]

Child Endangerment

Livingston County Sheriff and Chillicothe Police Department investigate child endangerment and drug distribution

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office is working with the Chillicothe Police Department on an investigation in reference to child endangerment and drug distribution. Sheriff Steve Cox reports his office obtained information about a man in possession of methamphetamine and seized it and other evidence. The “in-depth” investigation has involved interviewing a juvenile with a parent […]

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Missouri man who shot police officer, then himself, pleads guilty to drug trafficking

A St. Louis, Missouri, man who shot a law enforcement officer before shooting himself pleaded guilty in federal court to drug trafficking and illegally discharging a firearm in Joplin, Missouri. E.F. Fitchpatrick, Jr., 46, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and one count of […]

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Missouri woman receives prison sentence for selling meth in exchange for SNAP benefits

A Milo, Missouri, woman has been sentenced in federal court for her role in a conspiracy to sell methamphetamine in exchange for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (commonly known as “food stamps”). Melanie A. Person, 54, was sentenced by M. Douglas Harpool on Wednesday, June 10, to six years in federal prison without parole. […]

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California woman sentenced to 27 years in prison for her role in meth conspiracy

A Pomona, California, woman was sentenced in federal court for leading a conspiracy to distribute large quantities of methamphetamine in Jasper County, Missouri. Melissa R. Kivett, 42, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 27 years in federal prison without parole. On Oct. 9, 2019, Kivett pleaded guilty to participating in a […]

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Missouri man pleads guilty for role in large-scale methamphetamine conspiracy, faces 15 years in prison

A Springfield, Missouri, man pleaded guilty in federal court to his role in a large-scale methamphetamine conspiracy that involved multi-pound shipments of methamphetamine transported from Arizona to Missouri. Gregory L. Hopper, 35, pleaded guilty before U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and one count of possessing […]

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Missouri man sentenced to 12 years in prison for illegal firearms and methamphetamine trafficking

A Springfield, Missouri, man has been sentenced in federal court for methamphetamine trafficking and illegally possessing firearms. Tyler J. Brown, 29, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool on Wednesday, June 3, to 12 years in federal prison without parole. On Sept. 11, 2019, Brown pleaded guilty to possessing methamphetamine with the intent […]

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Missouri man sentenced to 14 years in prison for role in methamphetamine conspiracy

An Independence, Missouri, man was sentenced in federal court for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Daniel W. Pendergrass, 42, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes to 14 years and one month in federal prison without parole. On June 12, 2019, Pendergrass pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to […]