Springfield Man Sentenced to 25 Years on Meth Charges

A former car repair business owner in Springfield will be spending 25 years in federal prison after his conviction on charges related to meth.

Christopher Jefferson, 46, was sentenced to 25 years without parole in federal prison by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool. Jefferson had two previous state convictions for drug distribution, and was sentenced as a career offender.

Jefferson has pleaded guilty back in October 2018 for his part in a drug-trafficking conspiracy that brought large amounts of meth from Texas, Arizona, and California to the Ozarks for distribution.

The investigation showed that Jefferson had forced multiple women to be drug mules, smuggling the drugs across the country inside their bodies. Several women testified to investigators about being made to make several trips for Jefferson to smuggle drugs.

Investigators said in one incident, the group transported 12 pounds of meth from California to Springfield.