News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 11, 2006

Daviess County Man Charged With
Thousands Of Marijuana Plants

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI: Preston L. Grubbs, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration St. Louis Division Office, and Bradley J. Schlozman, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri announced that a Daviess County, Missouri, man was charged in federal court today with growing marijuana.

Jhanmay Molina-Perez, 27, of Jameson, Missouri, was charged with growing 1,000 or more marijuana plants in a federal criminal complaint filed this afternoon in United States District Court in Kansas City.

According to an affidavit filed in support of today’s criminal complaint, Molina-Perez rented the property at 14029 Highway UU in Jameson, which contained a field of marijuana that was partially concealed by corn. The marijuana field, approximately 200 feet by 234 feet, contained approximately 3,256 marijuana plants from six to 12 feet tall.

According to the affidavit, the marijuana field was located about 25 feet from the residence. Law enforcement officers executed a search warrant of the residence, where they found a sawed-off 12-gauge shotgun, a Browning 12-gauge shotgun, a Marlin .33-caliber rifle, a Marlin .22-caliber rifle, a SKS 7.62 x 39 rifle, a Remington 20-gauge shotgun, a Leland Arms semi-automatic pistol, a camouflage flak bullet-proof, and jacket numerous live rounds of ammunition.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol Major Case Squad is investigating the state case involving two homicides that also occurred on that property. The bodies of two Florida men Pedro M. Coralez, 38, of Hialeah, Florida, and Arnaldo Valdes, 39, of Miami, Florida were discovered by a neighbor at approximately 12:25 p.m. on Wednesday, September 6, 2006. A loaded .38-caliber revolver was also recovered near one of the victims.

Schlozman cautioned that the charge contained in the complaint is simply an accusation, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charge must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Gregg C. Coonrod. It was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Additional law enforcement agencies involved in the homicide investigation include the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Northwest Missouri Interagency Team Response Operation (NITRO), the sheriff’s departments of Daviess, Clinton, Harrison and DeKalb counties, the Daviess County Prosecutor’s Office, the police departments of Kansas City, St. Joseph, and Cameron, Missouri, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

Requests for additional information should be directed to Donald W. Mendrala, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration Kansas City Office at 913-825-4100.