Ashley Annette Stone was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough to eight years in federal prison without parole after pleading guilty to possessing 50-grams of more of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.

A 33-year-old Barnett woman was sentenced in federal court Thursday for possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, according to a press release from Tom Larson, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri.

Ashley Annette Stone was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough to eight years in federal prison without parole after pleading guilty to possessing 50-grams of more of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. 

According to the release, on Jan. 11, 2016 deputies with the Morgan County Sheriff’s office visited Stone’s residence to interview her regarding reports that she was involved in distributing the drug. Deputies executed a search warrant, seizing a bag containing 54.27 grams of methamphetamine hidden behind the washing machine. 

A subsequent search of Stone’s vehicle uncovered a bag that contained seven grams of the drug, according to the release.

Court documents show Stone’s vehicle had been stopped by Lake Ozark Police Department officers on July 24, 2015 at which time law enforcement found a bag containing .36 of a gram of methamphetamine.

Stone told investigators she had travelled to Oklahoma City to obtain a pound of methamphetamine. She also admitted that, a week prior to the traffic stop, she had traveled to obtain a pound of methamphetamine, which she sold in Missouri.

Stone also told investigators that she had been buying and selling methamphetamine that she obtained from Mexican nationals. She stated that, two weeks earlier, she had purchased methamphetamine at $500 per ounce from a Mexican man in Kansas City, Mo.

The man gave Stone a tequila bottle containing a clear liquid, and instructed her to heat it in an aluminum pan and then set it aside to dry, and that it would turn into crystal methamphetamine, according to the release.

Stone stated that the liquid ultimately yielded a pound of powder. Stone had obtained a second bottle containing methamphetamine that was located in her vehicle. The vehicle had been returned to its owner, who had broken the bottle, but the bottle was recovered and found to contain methamphetamine.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Lynn. It was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Mid-Missouri Drug Task Force, the Lake Ozark, Mo., Police Department, the Miller County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, the Morgan County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.