By the Salina Journal
KANSAS CITY — An Ottawa man who conspired with others to distribute methamphetamine in Salina and other Kansas cities was sentenced to more than 12 years in federal prison Tuesday on drug trafficking charges.
Wade Johnston, 33, has been sentenced to 12 years and seven months in prison, U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch said.
Johnston pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute meth and one count of conspiracy to launder proceeds from drug trafficking. He was convicted of conspiring to distribute meth in Salina, Ottawa, Lawrence, Eudora and elsewhere in Kansas between 2003 and 2007. Co-defendants included Dustin Stoneking, Randy Lucero, Brian Ele, Drew Hulett, Chad Ellis, Corey Ellis and Justin Kennard.
From 2003 to 2006, Johnston provided a total of five pounds of methamphetamine to Stoneking, who paid about $1,100 an ounce for it. Johnston also employed Stoneking to transport methamphetamine between cities and to wire money to Johnston’s source of supply in California.
Sentences for other defendants included: Lucero, 27 years; Ele, 21 years, 10 months; Kennard, 20 years; Stoneking, 15 years; Hulett, 11 years, three months; Chad Ellis, seven years, three months; and Corey Ellis, three years, 10 months.