NEVADA, Mo. — A Vernon County judge sentenced a Kansas man this week to 10 years in prison on convictions for trafficking in drugs and being in unlawful possession of a firearm in Missouri.

Jordan C. Vender, 32, of Pleasanton, Kansas, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Vernon County Circuit Court to counts of second-degree trafficking in drugs, delivery of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a firearm in a plea agreement dismissing related counts of unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a controlled substance.

Judge David Munton accepted the plea deal and assessed Vender concurrent terms of 10 years each on the two drug-dealing counts and seven years on the firearm count.

Vender was arrested on Sept. 17 of last year after selling a confidential informant some methamphetamine at the informant's residence. A tactical team with the Vernon County Sheriff's Department entered the residence and arrested Vender after the transaction had been completed and was caught on camera, according to a probable-cause affidavit.

A backpack and .45-caliber pistol were seized and a search warrant obtained to examine the backpack's content, which turned out to be four bags containing about 4 ounces of methamphetamine, according to the affidavit.

Jeff Lehr is a reporter for The Joplin Globe.

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