Joplin Man Sentence for Illegal Firearms Possession

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Joplin, Mo., man has been sentenced in federal court for attempt to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of illegal firearms.

Franklin McLean, 35, of Joplin was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough on Tuesday, Feb.16, 2016 to 10 years for attempt to manufacture methamphetamine and 5 years for possession of illegal firearms to be served consecutively for total of 15 years in federal prison without parole.

According to court documents, on Jan. 5, 2015, Joplin Police Department obtained a search warrant for McLean’s residence. Due to the presence of firearms at the residence, the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department SWAT team assisted in the execution of the search warrant. When the SWAT team arrived at McLean’s residence at about 10:30 p.m., Theodore Lane was sitting in a truck that was idling next to McLean’s mobile home. Officers ordered him to get out of the truck, but Lane drove in the direction of the SWAT team in an effort to flee in the vehicle. Joplin police pursed Lane until finally arresting him after his vehicle became stuck in a field.

In the meantime, officers entering McLean’s mobile home heard glass shatter on the north side of the residence. They saw shattered glass on the ground from a window, and noticed a small opening in the skirt around the bottom of the mobile home. Officers entered the residence, where they detained two females and discovered numerous firearms — including three shotguns, a sawed-off shotgun, six rifles and two handguns — and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. A window had been broken in the bathroom on the north side of the residence.

A K-9 unit was called to the scene and the dog dragged McLean out from underneath the mobile home. Officers searched McLean and found a round of .45-caliber ammunition, two cell phones and a large amount of cash. McLean’s hands were bloody and he had blood on his clothes. He told officers that he had been bitten by the dog and had glass in his hands, and he was treated for his injuries and transported to the Jasper County jail.
A systematic search of the residence was conducted by the Joplin Police Department, the Jasper County Drug Task Force, and the ATF. As a result of that search, officers discovered the components of a methamphetamine laboratory, including mason jars that contained methamphetamine liquid, acetone, Heet, Coleman fuel, iodine, muriatic acid, red phosphorus, coffee filters, and approximately 300 pseudoephedrine pills containing 23.76 grams of actual pseudoephedrine. It is conservatively estimated that the methamphetamine laboratory components at the defendant’s residence could have manufactured at least 20 to less than 30 grams of methamphetamine.

McLean has prior felony convictions for receiving stolen property, creating/altering chemicals into a controlled substance and distributing/manufacturing a controlled substance.

Lane was previously sentenced to 8 years in federal prison without parole.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall D. Eggert. It was investigated by the Joplin, Mo., Police Department, Jasper County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, the Ozark Drug Enforcement Team (ODAT), the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.


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