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California man sentenced to prison for meth conspiracy in Jefferson City

March 4, 2019 at 10:55 p.m. | Updated March 4, 2019 at 11:01 p.m.

A Compton, California, man was sentenced in federal court Monday for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine through the mail in Jefferson City.

Shadeed Seifullah Muhammad, 42, was sentenced to 11 years and three months in federal prison without parole, according to a news release from the office of Timothy Garrison, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Missouri.

Muhammad pleaded guilty Sept. 10, 2018, to participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine from April 4, 2016, to April 4, 2017.

On March 9, 2016, Muhammad mailed a U.S. Priority Mail package from the state of California to an address in Jefferson City. The package, which had been tracked by Muhammad and co-conspirator Javiar Rosser, 32, of Jefferson City, was seized by law enforcement and sent to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service Laboratory; it was determined that the substance contained approximately 894 grams of pure methamphetamine.

Muhammad mailed a U.S. Priority Mail Package from California on April 4, 2016, to a residence in Columbia. The package was intended for Rosser. James Alexander Larkins, 39, of Columbia, accepted delivery of the package, and Robert Istill McNair, 32, of Jefferson City, transported the package and was en route to Jefferson City when officers made a traffic stop. The package was seized and sent to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service Laboratory; it was determined that the substance contained approximately 810 grams of pure methamphetamine.

On March 30, 2017, Muhammad mailed another package from a post office in California that was addressed to a residence at Lincoln University in Jefferson City. It also was intended for Rosser. The package was accepted by an unknowing Lincoln student at the request of fellow student Bria Royale Lanier-Richie, 24, of Jefferson City. Lanier-Richie intended to give the package to Rosser. The package was seized by law enforcement and was also sent to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service Laboratory; it was determined that the substance contained approximately 856 grams of pure methamphetamine.

Co-conspirators McNair, Rosser, Lanier-Richie and Larkins have pleaded guilty to their roles in the drug-trafficking conspiracy and await sentencing.

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