German national sentenced to 23 years for meth trafficking and illegal firearms | USAO-WDMO

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A German national was convicted in federal court today of charges of methamphetamine trafficking and illegal gun possession.

Manuel Poludenyj, 36, of Springfield, Mo., was sentenced to 23 years in federal prison without parole by US District Judge M. Douglas Harpool.

On June 24, 2021, Poludenyj pleaded guilty to one count of possession of methamphetamine for distribution and one count of possession of firearms to further a crime of drug trafficking.

Springfield police officers executed a search warrant at Poludenyj’s home on January 3, 2019. In a bedroom, officers found a bag containing 47.7 grams of pure methamphetamine, a stolen Ruger .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol with a high-capacity magazine, and a stolen New England Firearms short-barreled 12-gauge shotgun. Officers also found a double-bottomed paint can in the bedroom containing 92.5 grams of methamphetamine, 24.09 grams of cocaine and 1.69 grams of fentanyl. Poludenyj had $625 in cash in his pocket.

Poludenyj has a criminal history that includes five felony convictions and 32 misdemeanor convictions. These convictions include acts of violence against women, police officers and others, and drug trafficking offenses. Poludenyj was under state supervision at the time of this federal offence.

This case was prosecuted by US Assistant Attorney Nhan D. Nguyen. It was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Springfield, Missouri Police Department.

Project Safe Neighborhoods

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s efforts to reduce violent crime. PSN is an evidence-based program that has been shown to be effective in reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a wide range of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime issues in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and re-entry programs to sustainably reduce crime.

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