Branson Man Sentenced for Drugs

(Courtesy: Taney County Jail, Roger Garduno Jr., 22)
(Courtesy: Taney County Jail, Roger Garduno Jr., 22)

FORSYTH, Mo. – A Branson man pleads guilty to possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute in Taney County Circuit Court.

Circuit Judge Carr Woods sentences 22-year-old Roger Garduno Jr. to 14 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections in part of a plea agreement.

During the end of April, an undercover officer with the Branson Police Department discovered Garduno was selling drugs out of a hotel room. Officers learned he had outstanding warrants and arrested him in the motel parking lot. At the time of the arrest, officer found over fifteen clonazepam pills in his possession.

According to Taney County Prosecutor Jeff Merrell, a class B Felony carries a range of punishment of no less than five years but no more than fifteen years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. Garduno is already serving prison sentences of seven years for burglary and ten years for the distribution of a controlled substance.

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