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Saline County man sentenced to 11 years in meth case

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at 5:15 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at 5:16 p.m.

A Saline County man was sentenced Wednesday to more than 11 years in federal prison for trafficking in methamphetamine, according to court officials.

Shane Curtis Sheets, 33, New Cambria, was sentenced to 140 months in federal prison. Sheets pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. In his plea, he admitted to conspiring with co-defendants Lisandro Clara-Fernandez, Kevin Dale Ashcraft and Dennis Augustine to distribute methamphetamine in the Salina area, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

The investigation began when the 1-35/I-70 Drug Task Force based in Salina developed information that Augustine and Ashcraft were operating a drug trafficking organization. Investigators learned that on Nov. 27, 2011, Ashcraft was meeting Clara-Fernandez on I-70 in Wabaunsee County. At the meeting approximately 1.4 kilograms of methamphetamine was transferred to Ashcraft. Shortly afterwards, law enforcement officers arrested Ashcraft with the drugs.

Investigators learned that Ashcraft regularly received methamphetamine from Clara-Fernandez and that for every pound of methamphetamine he received he distributed a quarter pound to Sheets on credit. Sheets was distributing to other dealers and users down the line.

In previous sentencing of the three other defendants in the case, Clara-Fernandez was given 54 months, Ashcraft 94 months and Augustine 240 months.

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