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Michael Keavney, 42, of Kearney was sentenced to 15 years and eight months in federal prison without parole in June for his role in a drug-trafficking organization that distributed more than 45 kilograms of methamphetamine in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Keavney is among 11 defendants convicted in the case, according to a release from the United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri's Office.

According to the release, Keavney pleaded guilty Sept. 13, 2018, to his role in the conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. According to court documents, Keavney played the role of an “enforcer” in this conspiracy.

“Keavney provided security for co-defendants and was involved in distributing 2.4 kilograms of methamphetamine. He also arranged deals, delivered narcotics, collected money and arranged the illegal sale of firearms. Keavney was a principle actor in the conspiracy as he was directly connected with several large scale drug dealers, was regularly armed with firearms and sold firearms,” states the release.

After being indicted and released on pretrial supervision, according to court documents, Keavney violated his supervisions several times for using drugs, absconding and committing new law violations. On April 19, 2017, Keavney was driving a stolen motorcycle at excessive speeds. When law enforcement attempted to stop him, he crashed the motorcycle and fled on foot.

“After ultimately being detained, Keavney was highly intoxicated and in possession of a knife and brass knuckles. Toxicology reports indicated that he had opiates, methamphetamine, marijuana and alcohol in his system. After being discharged from the hospital, Keavney absconded from supervision for nearly four months before he was arrested. On Aug. 15, 2017, Keavney’s pretrial bond was revoked and he was remanded to custody,” states the release.

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