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June 8, 2010

FIFTEEN LEAVENWORTH RESIDENTS INDICTED ON DRUG TRAFFICKING CHARGES

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – Fifteen residents of Leavenworth, Kan., are charged with drug trafficking in two federal indictments unsealed Monday, U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch said today.

One indictment alleges that from January 2009 to May 13, 2010, eleven defendants conspired to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Two residential properties – 708 ½ South 2nd Street in Leavenworth and 130 East Kansas in Lansing, Kan. – are identified in the indictment as residences used by conspirators to manufacture and distribute crack cocaine. Two of the defendants are charged with distributing crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of Benday Elementary School and Nettie Hartnet Elementary School in Leavenworth.

The other indictment alleges that from January 2008 through Jan. 4, 2010, four defendants conspired to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine. One defendant is charged with maintaining a residence at 932 Cherokee in Leavenworth, Kan., in furtherance of drug trafficking. In one count, two defendants are charged with distributing crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of St. Paul Elementary School in Leavenworth. In another count, two defendants are charged with distributing crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of St. Paul Lutheran School, a private elementary and middle school.

Charged in the first indictment are:

Anthony M. Young, Jr., 29, Leavenworth, Kan., one count of conspiracy, one count of maintaining a residence in furtherance of drug trafficking, five counts of distributing crack cocaine, and one count of distributing crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school.
Cameo C. Giles, 23, Leavenworth, Kan., one count of conspiracy and five counts of distributing crack cocaine.
Rosalia M. Pricebrooks, 33,Leavenworth, Kan., one count of conspiracy, one count of maintaining in furtherance of drug trafficking, five counts of distributing crack cocaine and one count of distributing crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school.
Michael D. Porter, 32, Leavenworth, Kan., one count of conspiracy and two counts of distributing crack cocaine.
Joseph Mullahey, 27, Leavenworth, Kan., one count of conspiracy and one count of distributing crack cocaine.
Jerome K. Kelley, 54, Leavenworth, Kan., one count of conspiracy and one count of distributing crack cocaine.
Tanisha Young, 31, Leavenworth, Kan., one count of conspiracy and one count of maintaining a residence in furtherance of drug trafficking.
Fernandus A. Gates, Jr., 26, Leavenworth, Kan., one count of conspiracy and three counts of distributing crack cocaine.
Ronald C. Carrington, 26, Leavenworth, Kan., one count of conspiracy.
Angela R. Jones, 39, Leavenworth, Kan., one count of conspiracy and one count of distributing crack cocaine.
Lawrence Washington, Jr., 30, Leavenworth, Kan., one count of conspiracy.

Charged in the second indictment are:

Lakisha Wesley, 34, Leavenworth, Kan., is charged with one count of conspiracy, one count of distributing crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school, two counts of distributing crack cocaine, and one count of maintaining a residence in furtherance of drug trafficking.
Tynisha Mays, 27, Leavenworth, Kan., one count of conspiracy and one counts of distributing crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school.
Donell Hale, 22, Leavenworth, Kan., one count of conspiracy and one count of distributing crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school.
Michael Jones, Leavenworth, Kan., one count of conspiracy.

Upon conviction, the crimes in the two indictments carry the following penalties:


Conspiracy: Not less than 10 years and not more than life in federal prison and a fine up to $4 million.
Maintaining a residence in furtherance of drug trafficking: A maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $1 million.
Distributing crack cocaine: A maximum penalty of 20 years and fine up to $1 million on each count.
Distributing crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school: Not less than a year and not more than 60 years and a fine up to $4 million.

The Leavenworth Police Department, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Terra Morehead is prosecuting.

In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The indictments merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.

 

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