A Republic woman has been sentenced to over twenty years in federal prison without parole after she admitted to leading a conspiracy, along with her husband, to distribute methamphetamine in southwest Missouri.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, 39-year-old Kenna Harmon and her husband, David Harmon, were responsible for distributing over 45 kilograms of methamphetamine in the Springfield area from June 2013 to November 2014. The methamphetamine was reportedly obtained from sources in Kansas City, St. Louis and Oklahoma. David Harmon was arrested in the St. Louis area in 2013. Kenna Harmon then continued to lead drug trafficking efforts.

In November 2014, Kenna Harmon was arrested following a traffic stop in Springfield. During a search of Harmon’s vehicle, officers discovered methamphetamine, cash, and marijuana.  A search warrant was then executed at Harmon's residence, where agents found approximately $20,000, approximately 5 ½ pounds of methamphetamine and a loaded Jennings .22-caliber pistol.

Harmon pleaded guilty in March 2016 to a variety of charges related to the drug-trafficking conspiracy, as well as a money-laundering conspiracy and to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Authorities say Harmon is among 19 co-defendants who have been sentenced in the case. The remaining 10 defendants have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.

Marina Nezhinkay

 

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

A Republic, Mo., woman has been sentenced in federal court for leading a conspiracy to distribute large quantities of methamphetamine in southwest Missouri.

Kenna Harmon, 39, of Republic, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, to 21 years and six months in federal prison without parole.

On March 17, 2016, Harmon pleaded guilty to being a leader, along with her husband, Daniel Harmon, in the drug-trafficking conspiracy as well as a money-laundering conspiracy and to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

In total, the Harmon drug-trafficking organization was responsible for the distribution of over 45 kilograms of methamphetamine from June 1, 2013, through Nov. 29, 2014. The Harmons obtained pound amounts of methamphetamine from sources in Kansas City and St. Louis, Mo., and in Oklahoma for distribution in the Springfield area.

Beginning in 2012, the Drug Enforcement Administration, assisted by other agencies, investigated one of the largest methamphetamine distribution rings in southwest Missouri. The investigation resulted in the indictment of 29 co-defendants.

In December 2013, Daniel Harmon was stopped by law enforcement officers outside of St. Louis. During a search of his vehicle, officers discovered approximately four pounds of methamphetamine, $60,000 and a handgun. Daniel Harmon was indicted in the Eastern District of Missouri and pleaded guilty to possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

After Daniel Harmon’s arrest and incarceration, Kenna Harmon continued to lead the drug-trafficking organization in its distribution of methamphetamine.  Kenna Harmon directed the organization to purchase large amounts of methamphetamine from various sources of supply and provided distributive amounts of methamphetamine to co-defendants. Kenna Harmon, in order to distribute the large amount of methamphetamine that she was responsible for selling, stored methamphetamine in several residences in Greene and Polk Counties, and directed several individuals to assist in maintaining those residences.

On Nov. 27, 2014, Kenna Harmon was stopped in her blue BMW 545i while traveling in Springfield. During a search of Kenna Harmon’s vehicle, officers discovered a small amount of methamphetamine, $4,604 and marijuana, all of which was found on either her person or within the vehicle.  A search warrant was executed at her residence the same day, where agents found approximately $20,000, approximately 5 ½ pounds of methamphetamine and a loaded Jennings .22-caliber pistol (in a nightstand in her bedroom).

Under the terms of her plea agreement, Kenna Harmon must forfeit to the government the house she was building in Halfway, Mo. Kenna Harmon paid approximately $324,185 in cash for the construction of the residence, which was from drug-trafficking proceeds. The proceeds were paid in installments to a local building contractor that Kenna Harmon hired. She told the contractor that she had inherited the cash, which was not true. She used the property to promote her continued sale of methamphetamine by storing methamphetamine at the residence. Harmon must also forfeit a firearm, five vehicles used by the conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, jewelry purchased with drug proceeds and approximately $61,000.

Harmon is among 19 co-defendants who have been sentenced in this case. The remaining 10 defendants have pleaded guilty and await sentencing.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Randall D. Eggert, Nhan D. Nguyen and Cynthia J. Hyde. It was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, IRS-Criminal Investigation, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Springfield, Mo., Police Department and Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).