A man from Springfield, Missouri was sentenced today in federal court for his role in a conspiracy that involved 45 kilograms of methamphetamine being distributed in southwest Missouri.

Kenneth R. Friend, of Springfield was sentenced to 27 years in a federal prison without parole.

Friend pleaded guilty on April 5, 2019 to being a part of the conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in multiple counties in southwest Missouri from June of 2013 to November of 2014.

Agent’s seized Friend’s Harley Davidson motorcycle which he had used to distribute the methamphetamine.

Along with the conspiracy charge, Friend pleaded guilty to money laundering by engaging in monetary transactions to promote unlawful activity.

The DEA, with help from other agencies, launched an investigation into one of the largest methamphetamine rings in southwest Missouri in 2012. Friend is among 28 other defendants who have pleaded guilty and been sentenced.