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  • Lake area residents sentenced in federal court for methamphetamine

  • Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Mexican national was sentenced in federal court today for possessing methamphetamine that she intended to distribute in Morgan County, and for illegally reentering the United States.
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  • Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Mexican national was sentenced in federal court today for possessing methamphetamine that she intended to distribute in Morgan County, and for illegally reentering the United States.
    Maria Teresa Marrufo, 48, a citizen of Mexico, residing in Gardner, Kan., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan to ten years in federal prison without parole.
    On Aug. 19, 2013, Marrufo pleaded guilty to possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and to illegally reentering the United States after having been deported.
    According to court documents, Marrufo was arrested in Morgan County while delivering 224 grams of pure methamphetamine. Her 16-year-old son was driving the car, and Maruffo, the passenger, provided an alias when confronted by officers.
    At the time she committed this offense, Maruffo was still on supervised release for a prior drug offense. Maruffo was convicted of two drug-trafficking felonies for attempting to smuggle marijuana into the United States. After being charged and released, Maruffo absconded and remained a fugitive from justice for 12 years. She was deported in 2012, but illegally reentered the United States and resumed her illegal drug-trafficking activities.

    Donald George LaFlamme, III, 37, of Camden County, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan to 12 years and seven months in federal prison without parole for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and for illegally possessing a firearm.
    On Nov. 25, 2013, LaFlamme pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. He also pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and to being a felon in possession of a firearm.
    According to court documents, Lake Ozark police officers were dispatched to LaFlamme’s room at a local hotel on Sept. 26, 2010, in reference to a domestic disturbance call. Officers contacted Krystle Ann Gezendorf, 27, who reported that she had been assaulted by LaFlamme, her boyfriend. When officers searched the hotel room, they found a Clerke .32-caliber revolver under the bed as well as a hypodermic needle, a bag containing methamphetamine and a piece of aluminum foil containing methamphetamine.
    Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. LaFlamme has a prior felony conviction for fraudulently attempting to obtain a controlled substance.
    Gezendorf told officers that LaFlamme had a large amount of money and methamphetamine that was likely stashed nearby. Hotel staff reported seeing LaFlamme entering several rooms and two housekeeping closets prior to law enforcement arriving. When officers searched those areas, they found additional methamphetamine and $2,525.
    Gezendorf told federal agents that LaFlamme acquired approximately one half pound of methamphetamine approximately two to three times a week from a source in Kansas City, Mo., named Lorenzo Carbajal Pina, 52.
    Page 2 of 2 - On Nov. 23, 2010, Camdenton, Mo., police officers were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash involving a 1996 Chevrolet Blazer. LaFlamme was discovered unconscious behind the wheel of the Blazer. He had to be extricated from the vehicle and was placed inside an ambulance to be transported to the hospital. While tending to LaFlamme, ambulance personnel discovered four bags of methamphetamine weighing approximately two ounces, a bag containing a user quantity of marijuana, and $3,054 inside LaFlamme’s pants pockets.
     
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