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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