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Loose Creek man sentenced to federal prison in illegal drug case

January 14, 2022 at 4:00 a.m.

A Loose Creek man was sentenced in federal court Thursday for illegally possessing methamphetamine and a firearm.

Leif Christopher Haslag, 39, was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison without parole.

According to information from the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Missouri, Haslag pleaded guilty July 1 to one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Law enforcement officers were conducting surveillance Sept. 12, 2019, and saw Haslag leaving a Jefferson City residence in a vehicle with license plates that were registered to another vehicle. Officers stopped Haslag and searched the vehicle. Inside, they found approximately 48.3 grams of pure methamphetamine and a loaded Taurus 9mm handgun.

Haslag told investigators he had sold 4-6 ounces of methamphetamine in the past 30 days. He also told them he had purchased the handgun the day before for $75, with the intent to sell it.

Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Haslag has seven prior felony convictions for burglary, seven prior felony convictions for theft, multiple prior felony convictions related to drug trafficking, and a prior felony conviction for stealing a motor vehicle.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Jefferson City Police Department and the Mustang Drug Task Force.

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