A Labette County judge sentenced a Parsons man to five years in prison for a drug distribution charge. The man was arrested with nearly 2 pounds of crystal methamphetamine in his possession.
John P. Goodbar, 55, was charged in Labette County District Court with possession with intent to distribute meth, a high-level drug felony, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors.
Labette County Sheriff’s Office deputies and officers arrested Goodbar on May 2, 2019, at 22000 and Ford roads in the Big Hill Lake area. He had been stopped for disobeying a stop sign. When Goodbar got out of the car, a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu, deputies saw a glass smoking pipe. A K-9 indicated the presence of drugs in the trunk and deputies found a black Nike insulated lunch box with baggies containing about 2 pounds of ice, or crystal meth. Officers also found $1,933 in cash in Goodbar’s wallet, according to information released at the time. A list in Goodbar’s wallet had names with numbers next to them.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation lab confirmed the crystalline substance was meth and it weighed 888.20 grams, or 1.96 pounds.
During an interview, Goodbar told a detective he bought 2 pounds of meth from a middleman for the Mexican drug cartel in Tulsa for $7,000. He said he set up the transaction by phone.
Goodbar told the detective that he’d been to Tulsa 20 or 25 times for meth. He originally started buying 1 pound quantities, but he didn’t make enough money doing that, the detective testified previously. So he began buying 2-pound quantities and had made six to eight trips to Tulsa to purchase it. Overall, Goodbar told the detective that he probably purchased 33 pounds of meth and transported it to Labette County.
Goodbar pleaded no contest to the distribution of meth, a level three drug felony. The remaining charges were dismissed as part of the plea.
The recommended sentence in the plea was for 62 months, or just over five years in prison. Kansas sentencing law required Goodbar to serve the term given his criminal history. Judge Fred W. Johnson sentenced Goodbar to 62 months.
He ordered court costs of $838 and agreed that Goodbar would have until 9 a.m. Monday to report to the Labette County Jail to begin serving his sentence. He faces 36 months of parole supervision upon his release and will have to register as a drug offender.
In an unrelated case, Willie Murry Jr., 41, pleaded not guilty to the distribution of between 450 grams and 20 kilos of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school, a level one felony, and other charges, including felon in possession of a firearm. His trial will be Sept. 11-14. A hearing on pretrial motions is set for Aug. 8.
The charges related to a March 10, 2019, search of his former home at 1011 S. 32nd St. in 2019. The search turned up more than a pound of marijuana, two handguns and $1,414 in cash.
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