SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A man who authorities say was the kingpin of a methamphetamine drug ring in Springfield has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison.
The Springfield News-Leader reports 56-year-old Patrick Brigaudin was sentenced Wednesday for distributing methamphetamine and money laundering.
Authorities say drug seizures connected to the ring included a total of 77 pounds of methamphetamine and 6 pounds of heroin.
A total of 15 people were indicted in the scheme.
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Assistant United States Attorney Randy Eggert said at Wednesday’s hearing that Brigaudin was the unquestioned leader of the organization.
Federal investigators say in court documents that Brigaudin spent more than $10 million on slot machines and withdrew about $8.4 million at a casino in Quapaw, Oklahoma between January 2009 and April 2015.
Information from: Springfield News-Leader, http://www.news-leader.com