Man pleads guilty to conspiracy to distribute meth
JEFFERSON CITY - A Columbia man pleaded guilty Tuesday to being involved in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Boone County and other places.
United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri Tammy Dickinson said 40-year-old Ryan Ellingboe is the second man to plead guilty in the conspiracy. His 30-year-old co-defendant, Shane Callahan, pleaded guilty to the same charge on Sept. 3.
Dickinson said a St. Charles County sheriff's deputy stopped Ellingboe on May 14 while Callahan was in the car. The deputy smelled burnt marijuana in the car and then searched it, finding a vacuum-sealed bag behind the glove box that had about a pound of meth.
The men told the deputy they drove from Columbia to meet a customer who wanted to buy meth in St. Charles. Callahan said he found a customer to buy the meth after Ellingboe told him he had about a pound of the drug.
Dickinson said Ellingboe told officers he got the meth from someone staying at the Howard Johnson Inn in Columbia. When officers searched the hotel room, they found three bags each containing about a pound of meth.
Ellingboe said he planned to go back to the hotel room later in the day and pay the person $8,000 for the drug. Ellingboe said he also got one and a half pounds of meth from the same person while the person was visiting Columbia from April 17-19.
Dickinson said Ellingboe and Callahan could serve a minimum of 10 years in federal prison without parole and up to a life sentence in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $10 million.