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Ottawa man sentenced in methamphetamine trafficking case

July 27, 2010


An Ottawa man has been sentenced to serve more than 12 years in federal prison for his role in a methamphetamine trafficking operation in the state, including Lawrence.

U.S. District Judge Kathryn Vratil sentenced Wade Johnston, 33, to serve two 151-month sentences concurrently after he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and one count of conspiracy to launder proceeds from drug trafficking.

According to interim U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch’s office, Johnston in his plea admitted from 2003 to 2007 he conspired with defendants Dustin Stoneking, Randy Lucero, Brian Ele, Drew Hulett, Chad Ellis, Corey Ellis, Justin Kenard and others to distribute methamphetamine in Ottawa, Lawrence, Salina, Eudora and elsewhere in Kansas.

From 2003 to 2006 Johnston provided five pounds of methamphetamine to Stoneking, of Eudora, who paid about $1,100 an ounce for it. Johnston also employed Stoneking to transport methamphetamine between cities and to wire money to Johnston’s source of supply in California.

According to Welch’s office, Johnston is the eighth defendant to be sentenced in connection with this case. Stoneking was sentenced in April to serve 20 years in prison.


lgreen17 7 years, 9 months ago

The only place in the country still sending people to long federal drug cases is Kansas. We need to vote in prosecutors who work, in the court room, instead of on their next job (federal prosecutor!)

somedude20 7 years, 9 months ago

You are not Breaking Bad if you get caught. Lawrence Kansas, come drink, drive, kill, run away get 6 months Lawrence Kansas, come make meth, sell it, and get caught (Fed court) get 12 years taking a human life 6 months sell 5lbs of meth and get 12 years

what would I get if I just injured a person (while drunk and leave) and only sold 2 1/2lbs of meth, 6yrs and 3months?

Reuben Turner 7 years, 9 months ago

He should have just killed somebody and he be out in about 5 years.. ain't that a shame..

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