Man From Branson Sentenced for Trading Meth for Stolen Guns

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BRANSON, Mo. — A man from Branson was sentenced to ten years in prison without parole for trading methamphetamine in exchange for stolen firearms.

The United States Attorney Western District of Missouri confirmed in a news release that Gerald E. Waters, 55, pleaded guilty to the charge back in September of this year.

In May of 2015, Branson police were notified by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives of an investigation into the burglary of a federally licensed firearms dealer in Caroll County, Arkansas.

Suspects were interviewed by the Bureau concerning the burglary and discovered someone had traded firearms to Waters for drugs.

Waters was found at the Shady Oak Motel where Branson law enforcement officers discovered two Cobra Enterprise .38-caliber derringers, a Phoenix Arms .22-caliber semi-automatic pistol, and a loaded Armscor of the Philippines 9mm semi-automatic pistol in Water’s room – all of which had been stolen from the firearms dealer in Arkansas.

After searching the room, officers found 130.9 grams of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and $592 inside a water bottle. 

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