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Druger gets sentenced to 40 years for charges

Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 6:35 am

Douglas Druger

The U.S. Attorney’s office reports that Douglas Lee Druger, age 39, of Mexico, Mo., has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute meth, possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
Druger was originally found guilty in September 2017 for his role in a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy operated in the Audrain County area from 2014-16.
At that time, he was found guilty in a six day trial presided over by United States District Judge Catherine D. Perry; of one count of conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, one count of possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and possession of methamphetamine with the intent of distributing methamphetamine.
Druger was arrested as part of a long-term Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Investigation. The Drug Enforcement Administration, Missouri State Highway Patrol, East Central Drug Task Force, and the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward Dowd III and Michael Riley.
The OCDETF program is a joint federal, state and local cooperative approach to combat drug trafficking and is the nation’s primary tool for disrupting and dismantling major drug trafficking organizations, targeting national and regional level drug trafficking organizations, and coordinating the necessary law enforcement entities and resources to disrupt or dismantle the targeted criminal organization and seize their assets.
As part of the investigation officers executed search warrants on December 10, 2015 at multiple locations in Audrain County, Missouri. During the searches, a significant amount of Methamphetamine, Firearms, United States Currency, and Paraphernalia used in the trafficking of controlled substances was seized. On August 17, 2016, officers executed a search warrant at the residence of Douglas Druger in Mexico, Mo. During this search warrant, officers seized methamphetamine, a Firearm, and Paraphernalia used in the trafficking of controlled substances.