A man from Birch Tree has been sentenced in federal court for trafficking meth and firearms charges.
Raymond Smotherman, 48, was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison without parole.
In July, Smotherman pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm during a drug-trafficking crime and to possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.
A Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper conducted a traffic stop of Smotherman’s vehicle in December 2011. The trooper searched Smotherman’s vehicle and found loaded rifles, pistols and ammunition along with a bag of meth.
Months later, law enforcement officers received information that Smotherman was traveling to Kansas City to purchase meth. The next day, a state trooper spotted him driving on U.S. Highway 60 and searched his vehicle. Troopers found bags of meth stashed in a can of WD-40, in the battery of a cordless drill and a tube of caulk.