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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 7, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


ELEVEN INDEPENDENCE, BLUE SPRINGS, KC RESIDENTS

INDICTED FOR METH CONSPIRACY


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that 11 residents of Independence, Mo., Blue Springs, Mo., and Kansas City, Mo., have been indicted by a federal grand jury for participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.


            Diana Stillwell, 42, Donna Wyzard, 43, Adam M. Joseph, 32, and Oscar R. Lerma, 32, all of Independence, Shawn J. Sharpley, 37, and Micheal S. Anderson, 40, both of Blue Springs, and Daniel Gregg, age unknown, William Hockman, 39, Donnie E. Myers, 38, Douglas Wiggins, 34, and Hector Almeda, 27, all of Kansas City, were charged in a 15-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Kansas City on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007. That indictment was unsealed and made public today upon the arrests and initial court appearances of several defendants.


            The federal indictment alleges that all of the co-defendants were involved in a conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine from June 26, 2006, to Jan. 19, 2007. The indictment also contains 14 counts charging various co-defendants with specific incidents of distributing methamphetamine during the conspiracy.


            In addition to the conspiracy charge, the indictment charges Stillwell in nine of those substantive counts of distributing methamphetamine; Wyzard is charged in nine of those substantive counts of distributing methamphetamine; Myers is charged in eight of those substantive counts of distributing methamphetamine; Hockman, Wiggins, Sharpley and Lerma are each charged in one of those substantive counts of distributing methamphetamine.


            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 Catherine A. Connelly. It was investigated by the Jackson County Drug Task Force.



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