Montgomery County Attorney, Larry Markle, announced that a Coffeyville man was sentenced to 168 months on January 2, 2020 for Distribution of Methamphetamine within 1000 feet of a school.

Justin Carpenter, age 34, previously pled guilty to Distribution of Meth, Use of a Communication facility in commission of a drug transaction and Aggravated failure to Appear. The sale of Methamphetamine took place in Coffeyville on May 1, 2018. The sales were made to an undercover KBI agent.

The convictions are the result of a 6 months long investigation by a task force composed of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Coffeyville Police Department, Independence Police Department and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department. The task force, led by the KBI, was tasked with gathering evidence involving the distribution of illegal narcotics in Montgomery County.

The sentencing of Carpenter is the seventh among 13 defendants that were arrested in various parts of Montgomery County as a result of the investigation that began in March, 2018 and concluded in August of 2018. The County Attorney’s office would like specifically thank the KBI and the Coffeyville Police Department for their efforts on this particular case. The hope is that this effort will send a message to all of those that choose to deal in illegal drugs in Montgomery County.

Carpenter also has previous felony convictions for Possession of Stolen Property and Forgery.