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Marble Hill man pleads guilty in cross-country drug trafficking

Joshua William Vawter (Source: KFVS 12) Joshua William Vawter (Source: KFVS 12)
Documents show law enforcement officers seized 60 firearms from Vawter's Marble Hill residence. (Source: KFVS 12) Documents show law enforcement officers seized 60 firearms from Vawter's Marble Hill residence. (Source: KFVS 12)
In his plea deal, Vawter forfeited guns, money, and his Piper PA-32-260 airplane. (Source: KFVS 12) In his plea deal, Vawter forfeited guns, money, and his Piper PA-32-260 airplane. (Source: KFVS 12)
MARBLE HILL, MO (KFVS) - A Marble Hill man pleaded guilty in federal court, Monday, to his role in a cross-country marijuana trafficking conspiracy.

Joshua William Vawter, 37, pleaded guilty to the charge contained in a Dec. 17, 2013, federal indictment, according to court documents.

In pleading guilty, Vawter admitted that he and a co-conspirator transported 202 pounds of high-grade marijuana from California to Missouri using Vawter's airplane, a Piper PA-32-260, which he piloted.

The plea agreement reads when Vawter's plane landed at West Plains Regional Airport in West Plains, MO, on Oct. 31, 2013, law enforcement officers conducted a search of the plane and seized the marijuana and $1,800.

The following day, DEA Agents searched Vawter's residence and seized 60 firearms and $75,000.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, Vawter must forfeit the airplane, firearms and currency seized to the government. A date for sentencing has not yet been set.

Vawter faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Air and Marine Operations Center (AMOC) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), DHS Custom and Border Patrol, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Howell County, Mo., Sheriff's Department, the Bollinger County, MO, Sheriff's Department and the Missouri South Central Drug Task Force.

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