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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD


Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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DECEMBER 13, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


FOUR CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS INDICTED IN

LARGE-SCALE PCP CONSPIRACY


            SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that four California residents were indicted by a federal grand jury today for participating in a conspiracy to distribute large quantities of PCP, with two men also charged with possessing with the intent to distribute cocaine. Today’s indictment is related to a seizure last year of large quantities of the illegal narcotics in a highway stop in Newton County, Mo., which at the time was the largest recorded seizure of PCP in the United States.


            Marzett L. Parker, 37, and Odell M. Edwards, 38, both of San Francisco, Calif., Kim V. Walker, 44, of Fortuna, Calif., and Alphonso Foster, 38, of Los Angeles, Calif., were charged in a three-count superseding indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield. Today’s superseding indictment replaces an April 20, 2006, indictment by adding a conspiracy charge that includes Walker and Foster as co-defendants.


            Today’s indictment alleges that all four defendants participated in a conspiracy to distribute one kilogram or more of PCP from March 14 to 31, 2006.


            In addition to the conspiracy, Parker and Edwards are each charged with one count of possession with the intent to distribute one kilogram or more of PCP and one count of possession with the intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine.


            According to an affidavit filed in support of the original criminal complaint, a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper stopped a 2000 Peterbilt tractor driven by Parker, which was pulling a 1994 Boyd car-hauler trailer containing three vehicles, for a commercial motor vehicle compliance inspection at the D-4 East Weigh Station on Interstate 44 in Newton County. Edwards was a passenger in the vehicle.


            During the inspection, the affidavit says, the officer became suspicious about the purpose of the travel. During a search of the tractor-trailer and vehicles, officers found 40 one-gallon-sized tin cans containing phencyclidine (PCP). Those cans were placed in two cardboard boxes, which were in a 2001 Ford Excursion located on the trailer. Officers also found 12 kilogram-sized packages of cocaine in the dash of a 1995 Nissan Quest van, which was also located on the trailer.


            Wood cautioned that the charges contained in this indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall D. Eggert. It was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Newton County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department.


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