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Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 8:00 pm

A Franklin County man with a long history of arrests and charges over a number of years will serve almost 12 years in federal prison.

Chris E. Reed, 44, was sentenced Tuesday to 141 months in prison on federal methamphetamine charges in connection with activities that occurred over more than three years in Franklin County, the U.S. attorney’s office reported.

The sentence was handed down by U.S. District Court Judge Catherine D. Perry.

Reed was found guilty in January of felony charges of possession of pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture methamphetamine and maintaining a residence for the manufacture of methamphetamine. A not guilty verdict was handed up on a charge of creating a substantial risk to life at the close of Reed’s two-day trial.

Reed was found guilty of engaging in a methamphetamine conspiracy between October 2009 and February 2012.

Detective Sgt. Jason Grellner, head of the Franklin County Narcotics Enforcement Unit, said a member of the unit prepared a large packet outlining numerous cases against Reed over a period of years, however, the U.S. attorney’s office chose only to seek indictments on the charges listed above.

Grellner said the charges presented at court stem from a November 2009 arrest when police and task force officers responded to a home in the 600 block of North Washington Avenue in Union. An active meth lab and some finished methamphetamine were seized from the home.

The conspiracy case was investigated by the county drug task force, Union police, Montgomerey County Sheriff’s Office and the East Central Missouri Drug Task Force.

State Sentence

Also in January, Reed was sentenced to 20 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections in a Montgomery County drug case.

Reed, formerly of Washington and Union, was sentenced as a prior and persistent offender by Circuit Judge Wesley Dalton who gave him credit for time already served.

Reed was found guilty of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine at the close of a jury trial Oct. 4, 2012.

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