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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of Missouri
Teresa A. Moore, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Springfield Man Sentenced to 18 Years for Meth Trafficking, Illegal Firearms

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A Springfield man has been sentenced in federal court for using his residence for trafficking methamphetamine and for illegally possessing firearms.

Anthony Brandon, 51, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Roseann A. Ketchmark on Monday, March 4, to 18 years in federal prison without parole. Brandon was sentenced as a career offender due to his prior felony convictions.

On March 15, 2022, Brandon pleaded guilty to one count of controlling a drug-involved premises and one count of possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.

On May 23, 2019, Springfield police officers executed a search warrant at Brandon’s residence. Officers found a Taurus 9mm handgun and five individually packaged bags of methamphetamine that weighed a total of more than 75 grams under a couch cushion in the living room, an Eagle Arms AR10 .62-caliber rifle in a bedroom closet, an extended firearm magazine with 32 rounds of 9mm ammunition in a dresser drawer in a bedroom and miscellaneous ammunition.

Brandon admitted he was storing drugs at his residence for his source of supply. He also told investigators that he was expecting to receive methamphetamine as payment for storing the drugs.

Brandon’s extensive criminal history includes violent crimes and assault, possessing and distributing illegal drugs, theft, stealing, burglary and robbery.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Cameron A. Beaver and Jessica R. Eatmon. It was investigated by the Springfield Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).


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