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Dozens arrested in million-dollar drug ring bust


37 people, including 23 Sedalia residents, have been indicted in six separate but related cases involving drug trafficking.


The office of the United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri says operations distributed more than $1 million worth of cocaine and crack cocaine.


Some arrests also involved illegally possessed firearms.


The operation, known as "Operation Coin Collector," was a two-year investigation launched by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in partnership with the ATF-led Joint Operations Law Enforcement Team (JOLT).


ATF agents, members of the JOLT Task Force, the U.S. Marshalâ??s Service, police officers from Knob Noster, Independence, Columbia, and Kansas City, the Boone County Sheriffâ??s Department, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Airwing participated in a sweep early Thursday morning that resulted in 28 arrests. Five defendants are already in custody for unrelated cases and four are fugitives.


The Sedalia, Warrensburg and Warsaw Police Departments along with the Pettis, Hickory, Henry Johnson and Benton County Sheriffs' Departments comprised the JOLT task force.


Those arrested are:

William M. Staten, also known as "Bugs," 39, of Sedalia

Sarandon A. Staten, also known as "Ran," 19, of Sedalia

Robert D. Ballance, also known as "Bass," 30, of Sedalia

Gordon E. Hawkins, also known as "Fresh," 24, of Sedalia

Ronald W. Spencer, 68, of Sedalia

Katherine A. Mazari, 50, of Sedalia

Ansley E. Sims, 29, of Columbia

Brian K. Wilson, also known as "Brazy," 39, of Knob Noster

Jeffrey A. Kinner, also known as "P-Nut," 31, of Knob Noster

Dâ??Shaun L. Johnson, 19, of Knob Noster

Devan L. Plakorus, 19, of Knob Noster

Janice M. Williams, 41, of Knob Noster,

John B. Thomas-Flowers, also known as "J.B.," 30, of Blue Springs

Rashawn D. Cason, 26, of Blue Springs

Jordan L. Wade, also known as "Cali," 23, of Warrensburg

Jason L. Jackson, 29, of Warrensburg

Connie Sue Kendrick, 46, of Warrensburg

Walter J. Staten, Jr., also known as "Walt Jack,"22, of Sedalia

Micah J. Clark, also known as "Dukes," 32, of Sedalia

Samuel I. Gravitt, 21, of Sedalia, of Sedalia

Jeremy D. Peters, also known as "Pun," 24, of Columbia

Kelly L. Buckner, Jr., 22, of Harrisburg

Jacob M. Goans, 20, of Raytown

Eual T. Buckner, also known as "Big Tommy," 56, of Sedalia

Kenneth C. Kendrick, also known as "Kavi," 40, of Sedalia

Kenneth's father, Lee A. Kendrick, 65, of Sedalia

Eric T. Hawkins, also known as "Easy," 33, of Sedalia

Kardell E. Sims, also known as "FU," 35, of Sedalia

George E. Buckner, also known as "Jorge," 50, of Sedalia

Ronald C. Boggs, also known as "Hobbs," 47, of Sedalia

Marvin D. Spruell, 56, of Sedalia

Marvin's wife, Vickey J. Spruell, 56, of Sedalia

Gordell E. Poindexter, also known as "Fat Man," 23, of Sedalia

Art W. Williams, also known as "Ace," 25, of Sedalia

Demetrius N. Gray, also known as "Meechi," 29, of Sedalia

Antonio T. Gray, also known as "T," 29, of Sedalia

Marquoi D. Staten, also known as "Scratch," 21, of Sedalia

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