3 men sentenced in meth trafficking ring

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - Three Evansville men are sentenced in federal court for their involvement in a large-scale meth trafficking ring.

The men all pled guilty on Thursday to conspiracy to distribute and possession of methamphetamine.

Officials say 32-year-old William Hollis and 31-year-old Travis Sutton were responsible for bringing meth by the pound into Evansville from sources as far away as Texas.

The investigation began back in 2011. Wire taps were used to track where the drugs were coming from.

"It is the demand that's created locally by the production of methamphetamine that cannot be satisfied by local production methodologies, is where the vacuum is filled by outside trafficking organizations who are well armed, well financed and well organized," said US Attorney Joseph Hogsett.

Hollis was sentenced to 18 years in federal prison.

Sutton was sentenced to 10 years.

Also sentenced Thursday was 44-year-old David Haas.

Officials say he was a drug mule and was caught transporting 11 pounds of meth between Evansville and San Jose, California.

He will serve 5 years of supervised release.

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