A 29-year-old Louisiana man was sentenced on June 11 to 11 years in federal prison without parole for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in the Lake of the Ozarks area.

The United States Attorney's Office says Kenneth Harvey Hudson pleaded guilty on February 8 to a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Camden County. Hudson was one of three suspects in a vehicle that was detained at a gas station in Osage Beach. A search of that vehicle led to the discovery of 922 grams of methamphetamine and four loaded firearms.

Another suspect in the case had previously been sentenced to two years after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, and the third awaits sentencing after entering a guilty plea to distributing meth.

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News release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Missouri

June 11, 2018, JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A Bossier City, Louisiana, man was sentenced in federal court today for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in the Lake of the Ozarks area.

Kenneth Harvey Hudson, 29, of Bossier City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes to 11 years in federal prison without parole.

On Feb. 8, 2018, Hudson pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Camden County, Mo.

According to court documents, investigators received information from a confidential source that several individuals from Louisiana were in possession of methamphetamine and guns. Officers contacted Hudson, who was driving a Malibu with co-defendants Sir Master Ford, 29, of Greenwood, La., and Philip Daniel Dennington, 30, of Bossier City, as passengers, at a gas station in Osage Beach, Mo. Officers searched Hudson’s vehicle and found a bag that contained 922 grams of methamphetamine and four firearms, including a loaded 12-gauge shotgun, a loaded Glock .40-caliber pistol, a loaded Smith & Wesson .22-caliber revolver and a loaded Roam/Sontheim .22-caliber revolver.

In 2011, Hudson was convicted of distributing methamphetamine in Louisiana and sentenced to five years in prison. He was on parole for that offense at the time of his arrest in this federal case. Hudson admitted to a long history of substance abuse and methamphetamine use.

Ford was sentenced on Feb. 8, 2017, to two years in federal prison after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Dennington pleaded guilty to his role in the conspiracy and to possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and awaits sentencing.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Lynn. It was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.