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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


BRADLEY J. SCHLOZMAN



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JANUARY 25, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


LIBERTY MAN SENTENCED IN METH CONSPIRACY


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Bradley J. Schlozman, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Liberty, Mo., man has been sentenced in federal court for participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, primarily in the Lee’s Summit area.


            Ryan T. Lindsey, 23, of Liberty, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2007, to 12 years and seven months in federal prison without parole. The court ordered the sentence to be served consecutive to a four-year state sentence for a Clay County, Mo., conviction.


            On Aug. 21, 2006, Lindsey pleaded guilty to his role in a conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine from Jan. 1, 2004, to Feb. 27, 2006.


            Lindsey is the sixth defendant sentenced among eight co-defendants, all of whom pleaded guilty to charges contained in a March 15, 2006, federal indictment.


            * Christopher S. Dettlaff, 29, address unknown, was sentenced on Dec. 12, 2006, to 15 years and eight months in federal prison without parole. On Aug. 17, 2006, Dettlaff pleaded guilty to his role in the drug-trafficking conspiracy.


            * Brandi Lasure, 29, address unknown, was sentenced on Nov. 29, 2006, to seven years and three months in federal prison without parole. Lasure pleaded guilty to her role in the conspiracy on July 6, 2006. Lasure also pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine on June 17, 2005, and to possession with intent to distribute more than five grams of pure methamphetamine on Aug. 2, 2005.


            * Nathan Stewart, 28, address unknown, was sentenced on Oct. 26, 2006, to eight years in federal prison without parole. Stewart pleaded guilty to his role in the conspiracy on May 23, 2006.


            * Roy McMahan, 51, of Greenwood, Mo., was sentenced on Dec. 13, 2006, to five years and 10 months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered McMahan to forfeit to the government his Lee’s Summit residential property, which was used to commit the violation. On Aug. 15, 2006, McMahan pleaded guilty to his role in the conspiracy.


            * Robbie Bunch, 30, address unknown, was sentenced on Dec. 13, 2006, to two years in federal prison without parole. Bunch pleaded guilty on Aug. 14, 2006, to forging a check on the account of Apex Property Solutions and to committing aggravated identity theft between Sept. 8 and 15, 2005, by using an access device issued to another person to receive something of value, and during that violation, illegally possessing or using a means of identification of another person.


            * Miguel Cervantes, 24, address unknown, pleaded guilty to his role in the conspiracy on Aug. 23, 2006. Cervantes also pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute more than five grams of pure methamphetamine on Nov. 30, 2005.


            * Honesty Todd, 27, of Lee’s Summit, Mo., pleaded guilty to her role in the conspiracy on Sept. 12, 2006.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathleen D. Mahoney. It was investigated by the Lee’s Summit, Mo., Police Department, the Raytown, Mo., Police Department, the U.S. Secret Service and the Jackson County Drug Task Force.


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