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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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AUGUST 14, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


EIGHT DEFENDANTS PLEAD GUILTY TO

METH CONSPIRACY


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that eight co-defendants, primarily from Buchanan County, Mo., have pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.


            Deana Rebecca Conroy, 34, of Buchanan County, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah W. Hays this afternoon to the charge contained in a Nov. 7, 2007, federal indictment.


            By pleading guilty today, Conroy admitted that she participated in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine from Jan. 1 to Nov. 7, 2007. Co-defendants Laci Dawn Hughes, 20, Channon Ruth Campbell, 42, David Lee Phinney, 28, James Louis Burley, 28, Maggie Jean Sell, 27, and Joshua K. Spurgeon, 23, all of Buchanan County, and Shannon May Garcia, 28, of Kansas City, Mo., have also pleaded guilty to their roles in the drug-trafficking conspiracy. The only remaining co-defendant is a Mexican national who is a fugitive.


            Conroy was arrested during a traffic stop on June 19, 2007, by Buchanan County Strike Force officers who were conducting surveillance on a St. Joseph, Mo., residence that she visited. At the time of her arrest, Conroy had nearly $3,000 and 63 grams of methamphetamine in her purse.


            Garcia and Hughes distributed more than 10 kilograms of methamphetamine to Conroy during the conspiracy. Conroy admitted that she distributed methamphetamine to Phinney, Burley, Campbell, Spurgeon and Sell.


            Campbell also admitted that her house served as an off-load point for people coming to St. Joseph to deliver methamphetamine to Conroy.


            Under federal statutes, Conroy, Garcia, Hughes, Campbell, Phinney and Burley each could be subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of up 10 years in federal prison without parole, up to life in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $4 million. Sell and Spurgeon could be subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in federal prison without parole, up to 40 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $2 million. Sentencing hearings will be scheduled after the completion of presentence investigations by the United States Probation Office.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce Rhoades. It was investigated by the Buchanan County Drug Strike Force, the Buchanan County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, the Clinton County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration.


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