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Carthage Man Sentenced in $1 Million Meth Ring

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A Carthage man who served time for manslaughter is now sentenced for his role in a $1 million meth distribution ring.

27-year-old Jarub Baird is sentenced to 11 years and 10 months in federal prison without parole. Baird plead guilty to one count conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine from January 2014 to November 2016 and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Baird is among 15 defendants who have been convicted in the case, and the third defendant to be sentenced. The original head of the organization, 56-year-old Kenneth Lake of Strafford, MO, plead guilty and is awaiting sentence.

According to court documents, Lake would coordinate shipments from Mexican cartel in Texas to Springfield. Conspirators would then divide the meth for distribution to Lebanon to Kansas City, MO.

Another co-defendant who played a big role in the crime is 28-year-old Michael Nevatt of Springfield, MO. He was convicted earlier this month. Nevatt would regularly make trips to Texas to pick several pounds of meth and bring it back to Springfield. Nevatt would later return to Texas to pay $100,000 cash for the meth.

Baird assisted Nevatt with obtaining and distributing more than five kilograms of methamphetamine and with collecting drug proceeds for the methamphetamine that was distributed.

Baird previously served time on a involuntary manslaughter conviction. He was sentenced in 2008 for seven years for a crash that caused the death a 15-year-old Carthage teenage Hannah Smallwood.

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