Branson man gets 10 years after trading drugs for stolen gun

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BRANSON MO NEWS: A Branson man was sentenced in federal court Monday for trading methamphetamine for stolen firearms.

According to Missouri Western District U.S. Attorney Tammy Dickinson, Gerald E. Waters, 55, was sentenced in Springfield. His 10-year federal prison sentence comes without possibility of parole.

According to a statement from Dickinson’s office, on Sept. 21, Waters pleaded guilty to possessing meth with the intent to distribute and to possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.

On May 14, 2015, a federal agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives contacted the Branson Police Department regarding his investigation of a burglary of a federally licensed firearms dealer in Carroll County, Arkansas. During an interview with suspects in the burglary, the agent learned that someone had traded firearms to Waters in exchange for drugs.

A Branson detective contacted Waters at the Shady Oak Motel.

Law enforcement officers found two Cobra Enterprise .38-caliber derringers, a Phoenix Arms .22-caliber semi-automatic pistol, and a loaded Armscor of the Philippines 9mm semi-automatic pistol, all of which had been reported stolen from the firearms dealer in Arkansas, inside a safe in the motel room.

Officers searched the room and found 130.9 grams of meth, drug paraphernalia, and a water …


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