Dozens arrested in million-dollar drug ring bust
Thu, 14 Nov 2013 23:20:48 GMT —
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