Fourteen indicted on drug charges

Posted: 24th June 2011 by Doc in Uncategorized
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And some of them were citizens of Mexico. I wonder if there is a connection …

Fourteen people have been indicted by a federal grand jury for their roles in a drug trafficking conspiracy and for illegally possessing firearms, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

The federal indictment is the result of an Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation into a multi-state methamphetamine-trafficking organization. The drug-trafficking organization allegedly distributed large quantities of methamphetamine in southwest Missouri and elsewhere.

The indictment returned by a jury on June 14 in Springfield was unsealed today upon the arrests and initial court appearances of several defendants.

Ricky Del Prigg, 54, Dennis R. Reid, 53, and Hector Ferrer-Chavez, 55, a citizen of Mexico, all of Joplin; Donald D. Simonds, Jr., 37, Timothy L. Kent, 49, and Lori Kent, 49, all of Carthage; Darrell Thomason, 42, of Jasper; Harold E. Holland, 40, of Sarcoxie; Tony Raley, 41, of Wentworth; Noel Reyes-Garcia, 41, a citizen of Mexico living in Arkansas; Iris Leticia Correa, 40, a citizen of Mexico living in Garland, Texas; Gerardo Antonio Garcia, a citizen of Mexico, and Jefferson White, 44, both of Springdale, Ark.; and Lyndsey M. Johnson, 32, of Rogers, Ark.; were charged in a 26-count indictment.

The indictment alleges that all of the defendants participated in a conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine in Jasper County, and elsewhere from May 2010 to Jan. 25, 2011.

In addition to the drug-trafficking conspiracy, Prigg is charged with participating in a money-laundering conspiracy. The indictment alleges Prigg conducted financial transactions that involved the proceeds of illegal drug trafficking. Prigg is also charged with six counts of distributing methamphetamine in Jasper County.

Ferrer-Chavez is also charged with one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute in Jasper County, and one count of illegally reentering the United States after having been deported.

Simonds and Thomason are also charged together with one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute in Jasper County.

Reid is also charged with attempting to destroy methamphetamine in order to prevent its seizure by law enforcement officers.

Timothy and Lori Kent are also charged with making their apartment in Carthage available for illegally storing methamphetamine.

Holland was also charged with two counts of being a felon and an unlawful user of marijuana while in possession of firearms and ammunition. The indictment alleges that Holland was in possession of a Harrington and Richardson .22-caliber revolver and five rounds of ammunition on Nov. 9, 2010, in Lawrence County, Mo. The indictment also alleges that Holland was in possession of a Savage Arms 410 shotgun, a Savage 12-gauge shotgun and ammunition on Dec. 4, 2010, in Lawrence County. Holland was also charged with one count of possessing a sawed-off shotgun.

Raley is also charged with four counts of distributing methamphetamine in Lawrence County.

Correa is also charged with two counts, and White with three counts, of using a telephone to facilitate the drug-trafficking conspiracy.

The federal indictment also contains forfeiture allegations, which would require Ferrer-Chavez to forfeit to the government $1,517 that was seized by law enforcement officers, and would require Holland to forfeit to the government all firearms and ammunition cited in the indictment.

http://www.news-leader.com/article/20110620/NEWS01/110620032/1002/SPORTS/?odyssey=nav%7Chead

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