Ottawan gets 15 years in meth case
By The Herald Staff | 1/16/2014
KANSAS CITY, KAN. — An Ottawa man who had pleaded guilty to trafficking methamphetamine was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison Wednesday in U.S. District Court.
James New, 47, Ottawa, had pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. In his plea, New admitted that from December 2010 to March 21, 2012, he and others had conspired to distribute methamphetamine in Franklin County, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Kansas. When law enforcement officers stopped his vehicle March 21, 2012, they seized methamphetamine, scales, plastic baggies and more than $22,000 in cash, the release said.
Investigators learned that New was spending $10,000 for 10 ounces of methamphetamine twice a week and distributing it to customers in Franklin County, according to the news release.
Codefendants Jessica Blackstone, 28, Williamsburg, and Nicholas Griffin, 34, Ottawa, already had been sentenced to 116 months and 75 months in federal prison, respectively, the news release said.
Barry Grissom, U.S. attorney, commended the Franklin County Drug Enforcement Unit and Sheri McCracken, assistant U.S. attorney, for their work on the case.