Two Pled Guilty to Meth, Money Laundering Conspiracy

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A Springfield man and Willard woman pled guilty on Monday for their roles in distributing meth and money laundering.

Patrick R. Brigaudin, 55, and 42-year-old Gayla Rochelle Phillips pled guilty to charges from a Sept. 28, 2016, federal indictment, according to a news release.

They admitted to participating in the over 4.5 kilograms meth conspiracy from October 2013 to Feb. 29, 2016.

Brigaudin was arrested on Feb. 29, 2016, as he and two others were moving 12 pounds of meth from a vehicle to Brigaudin’s home.

Phillips admitted to getting meth from Brigaudin just 10 days before that, which she intended to distribute.

The two also admitted to buying a 2006 pickup truck by paying a car dealer $7,200 in cash and another $8,500 on a check from Phillips’ bank account, The money was from drug-trafficking proceeds as they tried to hide the nature and source of the funds. They also tried to avoid a transaction reporting requirement.

Brigaudin could be sentenced to a minimum of 20 years up to a life sentence in prison without parole.

Phillips could get 10 years to life in prison without parole.

Sentencing hearings will be scheduled later.

View the full news release here.

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