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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. Marshal??s Service, police officers from Knob Noster, Independence, Columbia, and Kansas City, the Boone County Sheriff??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 SedaliaSarandon A. Staten, also known as "Ran," 19, of SedaliaRobert D. Ballance, also known as "Bass," 30, of SedaliaGordon E. Hawkins, also known as "Fresh," 24, of SedaliaRonald W. Spencer, 68, of SedaliaKatherine A. Mazari, 50, of SedaliaAnsley E. Sims, 29, of ColumbiaBrian K. Wilson, also known as "Brazy," 39, of Knob NosterJeffrey A. Kinner, also known as "P-Nut," 31, of Knob NosterD??Shaun L. Johnson, 19, of Knob NosterDevan L. Plakorus, 19, of Knob NosterJanice M. Williams, 41, of Knob Noster,John B. Thomas-Flowers, also known as "J.B.," 30, of Blue SpringsRashawn D. Cason, 26, of Blue SpringsJordan L. Wade, also known as "Cali," 23, of WarrensburgJason L. Jackson, 29, of WarrensburgConnie Sue Kendrick, 46, of WarrensburgWalter J. Staten, Jr., also known as "Walt Jack,"22, of SedaliaMicah J. Clark, also known as "Dukes," 32, of SedaliaSamuel I. Gravitt, 21, of Sedalia, of SedaliaJeremy D. Peters, also known as "Pun," 24, of ColumbiaKelly L. Buckner, Jr., 22, of HarrisburgJacob M. Goans, 20, of RaytownEual T. Buckner, also known as "Big Tommy," 56, of SedaliaKenneth C. Kendrick, also known as "Kavi," 40, of SedaliaKenneth's father, Lee A. Kendrick, 65, of SedaliaEric T. Hawkins, also known as "Easy," 33, of SedaliaKardell E. Sims, also known as "FU," 35, of SedaliaGeorge E. Buckner, also known as "Jorge," 50, of SedaliaRonald C. Boggs, also known as "Hobbs," 47, of SedaliaMarvin D. Spruell, 56, of SedaliaMarvin's wife, Vickey J. Spruell, 56, of SedaliaGordell E. Poindexter, also known as "Fat Man," 23, of SedaliaArt W. Williams, also known as "Ace," 25, of SedaliaDemetrius N. Gray, also known as "Meechi," 29, of SedaliaAntonio T. Gray, also known as "T," 29, of SedaliaMarquoi D. Staten, also known as "Scratch," 21, of Sedalia