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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Western District of Missouri

www.justice.gov/usao/mow

For Immediate Release

November 8, 2011

Beth Phillips, United States Attorney

Contact: Don Ledford, Public Affairs
(816) 426-4220
don.ledford@usdoj.gov

Weaubleau Woman Sentenced for Multi–Kilo Meth Conspiracy

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Weableau, Mo., woman has been sentenced in federal court for her role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine throughout central Missouri.

Tasha Deanna Wells, 29, of Weableau, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey on Monday, Nov. 7, 2011, to seven years and three months in federal prison without parole.

On Jan. 3, 2011, Wells pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy that distributed from five to 15 kilos of methamphetamine throughout central Missouri, including Hickory County, Mo. A source in Arizona supplied methamphetamine to co–defendant Kathryn Kay Ross, 54, of Galmey, Mo. Ross was the main supplier to four other co–defendants, including Wells, all of whom have pleaded guilty and been sentenced.

Wells is the final defendant to be sentenced in the drug–trafficking conspiracy.

Gilberto Galvan–Favela, 24, of Wheatland, Mo., was sentenced on Oct. 27, 2011, to five years in federal prison without parole. His wife, Amber Kay–Nichole Galvan, 25, of Wheatland, was sentenced on Oct. 27, 2011, to four years in federal prison without parole. Ross was sentenced on Sept. 15, 2011, to 12 years and six months in federal prison without parole. Stephanie Sue Wilder, 45, of Preston, Mo., was sentenced on Sept. 15, 2011, to three years in federal prison without parole.

This case was prosecuted by Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney Larry Miller and Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce Rhoades. It was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Hickory County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department.

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