SW IA and MO men Sentenced For Conspiracy to Distribute Meth


March 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The U-S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa reports two men, one from southwest Iowa, the other from northwest Missouri, were sentenced Tuesday in U-S District Court, to a total of nearly 21-years in prison for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in southwest Iowa and northwest Missouri. 54-year old Edward Eugene Gray, Sr., of Coin, Iowa, and 47-year old Wilbur Leo Long, III, of Elmo, Missouri, were sentenced by United States District Court Judge John A. Jarvey.

United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt said Gray, Sr. was sentenced to 150 months (12 1/2-years) imprisonment, and Wilbur Leo Long, III, was sentenced to a term of 100 months (8-years, three months) imprisonment. Both men were also sentenced to five years supervised release following their incarceration.

Klinefeldt says from approximately January of 2005 until November of 2010, Gray, Sr. & Long were involved in the distribution of methamphetamine in the Southwest Iowa and Northwest Missouri areas with co-conspirators: 56-year old Orvis Lee Wagaman, of College Springs, Iowa; 34-year old Edward Eugene Gray, Jr., of Clarinda, Iowa; 23-year old Levi Edward Gray, of Clarinda, and others.

Gray, Jr. was sentenced on February 21st, 2012, to 15-years in prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and 5-years for possession of a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking offense, for a total sentence of 240 months imprisonment. Levi Gray was also sentenced on that date to a term of 48 months in prison, for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Co-defendant Orvis Lee Wagaman, is scheduled to be sentenced on May 22nd, 2012.

The case against the men was investigated by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, Drug Enforcement Administration, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Nodaway County Sheriff’s Office (MO), Buchanan County Drug Strike Force (MO), NITRO Task Force (MO), Tri County Task Force (Adams, Ringgold, and Taylor Counties), Ringgold County Sheriff’s Office, Page County Sheriff’s Office, and the Ringgold and Taylor County Attorneys’ Offices. It was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.