SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – (News Release) A Springfield man with a long list of prior convictions was sentenced in federal court Tuesday, for drug trafficking and illegally possessing guns.
Steven Price, who is 31, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 15 years in federal prison without parole.
The court ordered this federal sentence to be served consecutively to an unrelated state conviction.
In November of 2018, Price pleaded guilty to possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and to possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.
In January of 2018, Springfield police officers executed a search warrant at Price’s home after receiving information that he was distributing large quantities of meth.
Officers found seven ounces of methamphetamine and more than $6,000 inside a backpack on the floor next to where Price was sitting.
Officers also searched Price’s truck, and found several guns, and 49 ounces of methamphetamine behind the driver’s door panel.
According to court documents, Price has accumulated more than 20 criminal convictions since 2005.
Those convictions include possessing controlled substances, as well as stealing, passing a bad check, possession of marijuana, possession of narcotic paraphernalia, and numerous traffic offenses.
While on supervision for his various offenses, Price accumulated more than 40 violations, including one for possession of contraband while incarcerated.