Ronald Wayne Ivy, 41, of Jackson County, was sentenced to 25 years in prison without parole for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, along with being ordered to forfeit $211,200 in drug-trafficking conspiracy proceeds by U.S. federal court Judge Greg Kays on Monday, says U.S. Attorney Tammy Dickinson.
On November 2013, Ivy plead guilty to conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine from Jan. 2009 to Dec. 2012, conspiracy to commit money laundering and possessing a firearm in aiding a drug-trafficking crime.
Law enforcement officers conducted a search warrant at Ivy's residence in August 2012 and seized more than $30,000 (which includes part of the $211,200 Ivy was ordered to forfeit), multiple firearms and more than 500 grams of methamphetamine.
Ivy was arrested on April 2012 for possessing 500 or more grams of methamphetamine. Co-conspirators were also arrested in possession of three grams of methamphetamine they obtained from Ivy on July 2012 after leaving his residence, according to an Office of the United States Attorney news release.
Initially, law enforcement agencies such as Jackson County Drug Task Force, Independence Police, and Drug Enforcement Administration were investigating a drug-trafficking organization in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Undercover officers made drug purchases from mid-level distributors, who U.S. Department of Justice Public Affairs Officer Don Ledford writes they obtained methamphetamine from Ivy.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce Rhoades.