Ricky D. McGregory

A Union man was sentenced to more than six years in federal prison for distributing heroin to a woman causing a nonfatal overdose.

Ricky D. McGregory, 37, was sentenced Friday, March 2, to 6 1/2 years on one felony count of distributing heroin.

According to court documents, on Feb. 9, 2016, members of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department were investigating the overdose. The victim told a deputy that she obtained the heroin from McGregory.

Investigators went to McGregory’s residence where they found items consistent with the distribution of heroin. He admitted that he gave the victim the heroin which caused her overdose.

McGregory pled guilty in October. He was sentenced by U. S. District Judge Audrey G. Fleissig.

Task Force Investigation

According to Franklin County authorities, McGregory has an “extensive” criminal record for drugs and violent crimes.

McGregory had been under investigation by the Multi-County Narcotics and Violent Crimes Enforcement Unit for several months for allegedly dealing heroin in the Franklin County area.

The unit got a break in the investigation in February 2016 when a then 27-year-old Union woman was taken to Mercy Hospital Washington after overdosing on heroin.

She was revived at the hospital where she told investigators that she purchased the drug from McGregory on the parking lot of the Shop N Save Pharmacy on Highway 50 in Union, authorities said. The woman said she paid $100 to McGregory for the drug.

School Nearby

The parking lot is within 2,000 feet of Union’s Central Elementary School, which elevated the distribution charge to a Class A felony.

Task force officers then went to a home on South Washington Avenue in Union where McGregory was staying. Inside the house they seized a scale, plastic bag and a capsule all which tested positive for traces of fentanyl, a powerful synthetic morphine often mixed with heroin.

Investigators also towed the suspect’s car and obtained a separate search warrant for the vehicle, authorities said. Inside, they found another set of scales and a .22 caliber handgun.

McGregory was on parole after serving part of a five-year prison sentence on three counts of distribution of a controlled substance, according to the Missouri Department of Corrections website.

The MDC site also notes that McGregory completed sentences on kidnapping and second-degree robbery charges.