A federal case investigating a conspiracy to distribute meth throughout southwestern Missouri counties now has 29 defendants after 10 more people were charged Wednesday afternoon.
Kenneth A. Hoffman, 45; David L. Miller Jr., 39; Jeffrey L. Hatch, 46; Gregory L. “Pops” Jones, 50; David A. Floyd, 40; Jeffrey M. Gardner, 33; Corey A. Stienbarger, 26; and Brandon W. Malen, 25, all of Springfield; Heather L. Courtois, 31, of Republic, and Brandon A. House, 32, of Ash Grove were all indicted for their alleged participation in a conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of meth throughout Greene, Polk, Christian, Jasper, Laclede and Webster counties from June 1, 2013 to Nov. 29, 2014.
Kenna Harmon, a defendant from an earlier indictment, is alleged to have paid for the construction of a residence in Halfway with $324,185 made from the unlawful sale of meth. The property was then used by her to continue to sell and store meth.
The release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of Missouri lists a variety of other charges for individuals allegedly involved in the conspiracy, ranging from money laundering to illegal firearms possession to making a building available to store meth.
This indictment supersedes an earlier one in which 12 more people were charged in the same conspiracy, as well as a second in which the total rose to 19. Two people from an earlier indictment, Eric McClanahan and Melody Carpenter, have since pleaded guilty and are omitted from the superseding indictment.
The indictment also requires various defendants to surrender property, including a house, four cars, two motorcycles, $160,119, four rings, several bracelets and numerous firearms and their ammunition.