A Joplin man was sentenced in federal court Thursday for possessing methamphetamine and a firearm.
Keith Koile, 34, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 25 years in federal prison without parole. In August of 2018, Koile pleaded guilty to possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, to possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime, and to being a felon in possession of a firearm.
A Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper stopped a vehicle Koile was a passenger of for speeding in Lawrence County. The trooper discovered a loaded pistol underneath the passenger seat where Koile was sitting, a backpack containing approximately 1,416 grams of methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia.
The incident was investigated by the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Ozarks Drug Enforcement Team.