TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — An Indianapolis meth trafficker has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison after pleading guilty.

According to court documents, Steven Francis, 56, of Indianapolis pleaded guilty to charges of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, illegal possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon, and laundering of monetary instruments.

The Vigo County Drug Task Force reportedly began investigating Francis around July 2020. On January 19, 2021, Francis attempted to mail a package of approximately $20,000 in what authorities say was cash proceeds from meth sales to California.

A search of two addresses connected to Francis yielded approximately 295 grams of methamphetamine, a digital scale, a loaded semi-automatic gun, and a safe containing $27,960. Police also reported finding $26,900 in Francis’ pocket when they stopped him from approaching the location.

Officers searching Francis’ residence found five handguns, two AR-style rifles, and a loaded 100-round drum magazine, along with $86,060 in cash. In pleading guilty, Francis reportedly admitted to selling pound quantities of meth and storing the drug at two locations.

Due to previous drug felony convictions, Francis was prohibited from possessing guns.

The DEA along with Vigo County Drug Task Force agents investigated the case.

US District Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson sentenced Francis to 15 years in federal prison, as well as ordered that Francis be supervised for four years following release. The eight weapons, ammunition, and $160,920 will be forfeited to the government.