Springfield man sentenced for arms-for-drugs smuggling

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3/DOJ News Release) – A Springfield, Mo. man who confessed to trading 150 firearms for illegal drugs was convicted in federal court on Tuesday of unlawful possession of a firearm. fire.

Kyle M. Vaughn, 26, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Mr. Douglas Harpool to seven years in federal prison without parole.

On October 5, 2021, Vaughn pleaded guilty to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

A Greene County, Missouri sheriff’s deputy was on watch at a residence on September 26, 2019. The deputy saw Vaughn, who he knew to be a convicted felon, arrive at the apartment with his girlfriend. Vaughn had two backpacks, a camouflage body armor and a Diamondback Firearms AR-15 type rifle.

When deputies searched the apartment, they found a loaded Walther semi-automatic firearm in a holster on the kitchen table. In the two backpacks Vaughn was carrying, deputies found a disassembled American Arms .22 caliber handgun, a rifle scope, a box full of .223 caliber ammunition and drug paraphernalia.

According to court documents, Vaughn admitted to using meth earlier today and recently sold six to nine ounces of meth. Vaughn also admitted that he frequently traded weapons with other criminals in exchange for drugs. Vaughn admitted he had been in possession of around 150 firearms while dealing drugs.

Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to possess a firearm or ammunition. Vaughn has an extensive criminal history for possession of illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia, multiple instances of drunk driving, assault and leaving the scene of an accident resulting from a DWI, tampering of a victim, domestic violence, illegal use of a firearm, and traffic violations. At the time of this offense, Vaughn was under criminal conviction and under court supervision for three separate criminal matters in Greene County, Missouri.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant US Attorney Patrick Carney. He was investigated by the Springfield, Missouri Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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