Missouri woman sentenced to 10 years in prison for methamphetamine distribution

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U.S. District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr. on Thursday sentenced a woman from Kennett, Missouri to 10 years in prison for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Paula J. Laboone, 64, Laboone has previous felony convictions for possession of controlled substances in Dunklin County and is therefore prohibited from possessing firearms.

According to court documents, on January 30, 2023, a search warrant was executed at Laboone’s residence.  Numerous bags and baggies containing over two pounds of methamphetamine packaged for sale were seized from the living room and bedroom of the residence.  Additionally, a Taurus semi-automatic pistol was seized from the bedroom. Laboone was later interviewed and admitted to buying and selling methamphetamine for several months. She further admitted that the firearm was hers and she was aware she could not possess it.

This case was investigated by the Southeast Missouri Drug Task Force.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie Hunter handled the prosecution for the government.