Springfield man sentenced for role in distributing over $1 million in meth

| November 14, 2018
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Springfield man was sentenced in federal court Wednesday for his role in distributing more than $1 million in methamphetamine in the Kansas City, Mo. and southern Missouri areas.

Michael Ryan Nevatt, 29, was sentenced to 38 years and four months in federal prison without parole, according to a news release from the Office of the United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri.

Nevatt was convicted of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, conspiracy to possess firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking, possessing firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and three counts of money laundering.

On April 6, 2018, Nevatt was found guilty at trial of seven counts contained in a November 2016 felony indictment.

The original head of the organization, 57-year-old co-defendant Kenneth Lake, of Strafford, was sentenced to 12 years and six months in federal prison without parole in May 2018.

Nevatt, who subsequently became the organization’s leader, is the last of 15 co-defendants to be sentenced, with the other 14 – including his mother, Gulf Shores, Alabama resident Cindy Nevall, then 62 – pleading guilty and having been sentenced.

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