Meth Conspiracy: Springfield, Ash Grove Men Sentenced

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Two local men were sentenced Wednesday, connected to drug charges involving over $175,000.

Anthony Van Pelt, 38, of Springfield, and Brandon House, 33, of Ash Grove, were sentenced in federal court.

Van Pelt was sentenced to 21 years in federal prison and House was sentenced to 20 years. Both sentences are without parole.

Van Pelt was a source who provided meth to Daniel and Kenna Harmon’s drug-trafficking organization. House was reportedly a mid-level distributor.

On Nov. 27, 2014, Van Pelt was arrested after officers found him hiding under a bed while executing a search warrant. They also found $23,663 in his Ford Mustang.

Officers seized an additional $3,990, 405 grams of meth and marijuana out of a hidden safe. Another 36 grams of meth were seized from the bedroom. A bag in the garage had 20 pounds of marijuana and 1.5 kilograms of meth.

On Dec. 12, 2013, House, along with two others, denied ownership of a bag containing meth and $4,000 during a search warrant execution. House was also in a vehicle stopped by Springfield police officers a month later where they found $13,850.

House was found on July 8, 2014, passed out in a vehicle under the influence of a controlled substance. Officers found over 33 grams of meth, almost a whole gram of cocaine, $840, pills, something that looked like LSD and glass smoking pipes in the vehicle.

Investigators found $128,674 and five kilograms of meth in a number of homes and cars belonging to Kenna Harmon. She later pleaded builty to being a leader in the drug-trafficking, money-laundering conspiracy and being a felon possessing a firearm. Daniel Harmon pleaded guilty to possessing meth and meaning to distribute it and being a felon owning a firearm. 

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